Wales v South Africa, Autumn International: Travel advice

Friday 01st December 2017

Travelling to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this weekend?

GWR is to run 12 extra trains, providing over 6,000 extra seats, this Saturday to support fans travelling to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to watch the Wales v New South Africa Autumn International.

To allow time to board trains safely and to enter the ground, supporters are being warned to plan ahead and to travel early.

Additional services are being provided between Westbury and Cardiff (via Bristol) between Swindon and Cardiff, and between Swansea and Cardiff but passengers are warned that services will be in demand during peak arrival and departure times, and engineering work will affect journeys from further afield.

GWR Development Manager Wales Mark Youngman said:

“Our helpful and friendly staff will be on hand to help keep people moving, but I would urge customers to allow time to reach and enter the stadium, and with Cardiff Station likely to be busy a queuing system will be in place for those returning home after the game.”

London Paddington to Bristol Parkway/South Wales services will run on a diversionary route adding approximately an hour to journey times, as Network Rail renew track between Didcot and Swindon in preparation for our new Electrostar trains at Didcot Parkway station. Bus replacement services operating between Reading and Didcot Parkway/Swindon.

These extra trains will run at before the game:

  • Westbury to Cardiff Central: depart 09:51, arrive 12:01
  • Swindon to Cardiff Central (via Bath Spa): depart 10:21, arrive 12:14
  • London Paddington to Cardiff Central (via Westbury and Bath): depart 09:13, arrive 12:29
  • Swindon to Cardiff Central (via Bath and Bristol Parkway): depart 11:16, arrive 13:32
  • Swansea to Cardiff Central: depart 10:13, arrive 11:11
  • Port Talbot Parkway to Cardiff Central: depart 12:10, arrive 12:49
  • Port Talbot Parkway to Cardiff Central: depart 13:10, arrive 13:45

These extra trains will run after the game:

  • Cardiff Central to Swindon (via Bristol Parkway and Bath): depart 16:49, arrive 18:45
  • Cardiff Central to London Paddington (via Bristol Parkway and Swindon): depart 17:15, arrive 20:23
  • Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads: depart 17:41, arrive 18:46
  • Cardiff Central to Swansea: depart 16:43, arrive 17:35
  • Cardiff Central to Swansea: depart 18:43, arrive 19:36

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