• Christmas & New Year Service Summary

    At Arriva Trains Wales, we recognise that Christmas and the New Year is a particularly important time for all your travel needs. Whether it’s visiting family and friends, buying gifts for loved ones or going to work, we want to ensure that all our customers can plan and make those important journeys.

    To help, we have provided this quick summary of some minor changes which may affect journeys during this period. This page contains details of the train service levels and engineering work that will impact Arriva Trains Wales customers over the Christmas and New Year Holiday period. 

    Please note: Timetables and details for the Last Train Home on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve ar yet to be confirmed. Please visit this page again before you plan to travel.

     

    Service Levels

    Date  Service Level 
    Monday 22 December
    A normal Monday service will run.
    Tuesday 23 December A normal Tuesday service will run.  
    Wednesday 24 December Christmas Eve
    A normal Wednesday service will run for most of the day, but trains will finish earlier in the day than usual.
    Thursday 25 December Christmas Day
    No Arriva Trains Wales services will run 
    Friday 26 December Boxing Day
    No Arriva Trains Wales services will run 
    Saturday 27 December
    A normal Saturday service will run but services with start later than usual. Please check train times by visiting www.buytickets.arrivatrainswales.co.uk.
    Sunday 28 December
    A normal Sunday service will run.
    Monday 29 December
    A normal Monday service will run.
    Tuesday 30 December A normal Tuesday service will run.
    Wednesday 31 December 
     
    New Years Eve
    A normal weekday service will run for most of the day, but trains will finish earlier in the day than usual.  
    Thursday 1 January 2015 New Years Day
    Valley Lines - no services will be running, except for trains between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Barry TBC 
    Mainline - A normal weekday service will run after 0600.
    Ferry connections - The 01:50 Fishguard Harbour to Cardiff Central service will not run. TBC 
    Friday 2 January 2015 A normal weekday service will run, subject to engineering work.

     

    Selected last trains on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve - to be confirmed

    On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, for those who are rushing home, or those who want to squeeze in some last minute Christmas shopping, we are happy to announce that we will be running a full services during the early part of the evening.  Some of the later services will finishing earlier in the day than usual on Christmas Eve (Wednesday 24 December) and New Years Eve (Wednesday 31 December).  

    Full information on these services is below. Times are subject to change. Later services may be available from other operators, or by making indirect journeys. To confirm all travel details, please use our Journey Planner. 

     

    From 



     
    Last Direct Trains
    (please use the Journey Planner or the timetables below for calling details for intermediate stations)
     
    Cardiff Central 21:06 to Pontypridd
    20:57 to Penarth
    21:04 to Swansea
    21:01 to Caerphilly
    20:17 to Abergavenny
    20:51 to Coryton
    20:39 to Bridgend 
    21:06 to Radyr
    20:35 to Ebbw Vale Parkway
    20:31 to Rhymney
    20:26 to Merthyr Tydfil
    20:11 to Gloucester
    20:13 to Treherbert 
    20:12 to Maesteg
    20:09 to Barry Island
    20:17 to Hereford
    19:43 to Carmarthen
    19:41 to Aberdare
    19.34 to Shrewsbury 
    19:34 to Chester
    19:04 to Tenby
    17:50 to Manchester Piccadilly
    17:16 to Holyhead

    Shrewsbury  21:23 to Machynlleth
    21:37 to Chester
    20:51 to Crewe
    19:55 to Cardiff Central
    19:50 to Manchester Piccadilly
    19:26 to Birmingham International
    19:19 to Aberystwyth
    19:08 to Holyhead

     
    Chester 21:49 to Crewe
    20:01 to Llandudno Junction
    21:16 to Shrewsbury
    20:50 to Manchester Piccadilly
    20:34 to Holyhead
    18:28 to Cardiff Central

     

    Timetables for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

    North Wales
    North Wales Coast (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Chester to Birmingham (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Holyhead to Cardiff Central (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Wrexham Central to Bidston (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

    Mid Wales
    Heart of Wales Line (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Pwllheli / Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury / Birmingham (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

    South Wales
    Cardiff Central to West Wales (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Cardiff Central to Holyhead (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

    Cardiff and Local Valley Lines
    Cardiff to Ebbw Vale Parkway (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Penarth / Cardiff Central to Rhymney (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
    Vale of Glamorgan, Barry Island and Cardiff to Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Treherbert (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

    Please note: timetables for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are subject to change. Please check again before you travel.


    Engineering Works

    During the quiet period around Christmas and the New Year, whilst many people are at home enjoying the seasonal holidays, Network Rail have taken the opportunity to complete some much needed improvement work on the Arriva Trains Wales network. Please see below a full list of some of the services affected, and how we will be ensuring you can still make your important journeys.

     

    Days   Title  Summary of Work 
    Wednesday 24 until Monday 29 December Engineering work between Shrewsbury and Hereford                                                                    
    Rail replacement bus services will be running between Hereford and Shrewsbury calling at Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, and Church Stretton. For further information, please refer to www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk271014HerefordShrewsbury/ and rail replacement bus timetable posters at stations. Further information can be viewed here.
       

       

      Customer Relations Open Hours

      Date  Call Centre Opening Hours
       
      Live Twitter Opening Hours 
      Monday 22 December 08.00 until 20.00
      08.00 until 20.00
      Tuesday 23 December 08.00 until 20.00 
       
        08.00 until 20.00 
      Wednesday 24 December Christmas Eve
         08.00 until 20.00
      Christmas Eve 
      08.00 until 16.00  
      Thursday 25 December Christmas Day
      CLOSED  
      Christmas Day
      CLOSED 
      Friday 26 December Boxing Day
      CLOSED  
                                     
      Boxing Day
      CLOSED
      Saturday 27 December 08.00 until 20.00
      08.00 until 20.00
      Sunday 28 December 11.00 until 20.00

       
      11.00 until 20.00
      Monday 29 December 08.00 until 20.00
      08.00 until 20.00
      Tuesday 30 December 08.00 until 20.00
        08.00 until 20.00 
      Wednesday 31 December                  
       
      New Years Eve
      08.00 until 20.00 
      New Years Eve
      08.00 until 18.30 
      Thursday 1 January New Years Day
      08.00 until 20.00
      New Years Day
      09.00 until 20.00
      Friday 2 January 08.00 until 20.00
      08.00 until 20.00

      Business Travel

      Date  Opening Hours
      Monday 22 December 08.30 until 16.30
      Tuesday 23 December 08.30 until 16.30
      Wednesday 24 December Christmas Eve
      08.30 until 12.00 
      Thursday 25 December Christmas Day
      CLOSED  
      Friday 26 December Boxing Day
      CLOSED
       
      Saturday 27 December CLOSED
      Sunday 28 December CLOSED
      Monday 29 December CLOSED 
      Tuesday 30 December CLOSED
      Wednesday 31 December                                    New Years Eve
      CLOSED
      Thursday 1 January New Years Eve
      CLOSED
                                       
      Friday 2 January 08.30 until 16.30

      Lost Property Office, Newport

      Date  Opening Hours
       
      Monday 22 December 10:00 until 16:00
      Tuesday 23 December 10:00 until 16:00
      Wednesday 24 December Christmas Eve
      10:00 until 16:00
      Thursday 25 December Christmas Day
      CLOSED  
      Friday 26 December Boxing Day
      CLOSED
       
      Saturday 27 December CLOSED
      Sunday 28 December CLOSED
      Monday 29 December 10:00 until 16:00
      Tuesday 30 December 10:00 until 16:00
      Wednesday 31 December                                    New Years Eve
      10:00 until 16:00
      Thursday 1 January New Years Day
      CLOSED
                                       
      Friday 2 January 10:00 until 16:00

      If you have lost an item please contact the Lost Property Office via telephone on 03333 211 202, option 4 and leave a brief message outlining a description of your lost item along with your name and telephone number. Your query will be dealt with when the office re-opens , however please note that it will take between 5 and 10 working days for all lost property to arrive and we will only be able to call you back if your item has been found. 

      You can also email us as at lost.property@arrivatrainswales.co.uk. If your query is urgent our Customer Relations team may be able to help you. They can be contacted by phone on 03333 211 202, option 5.