• Upcoming Sporting events 

    This page is a one shop stop for all travel information about sporting events on the Arriva Trains Wales Network during September and October 2015.

    Below you will find information about this week's events. Scroll down for more information about events and general travel advice during this period.
  • A busy weekend in Cardiff (5-6 September) 

    We would like to flag up that crowds of rugby and football fans will be heading to Cardiff over this weekend (5th-6th September). All our available trains will be out running, however services into Cardiff will be busy and we cannot guarantee a seat

    Wales Italy IMG  


    Wales Israel Football IMG 

    Wales v Italy

    Rugby World Cup warm up friendly 

    Millennium Stadium
    Saturday 5 September (kick off 5pm)  

    Wales v Israel 

    European Championship Qualifier 

    Cardiff City Stadium
    Sunday 6 September (kick off 5pm).

    On Saturday 5 September, the usual post match queuing system will be in place in Cardiff Central Station and Cardiff Queen Street Station will close at 18:15. If you are going to the match, more travel information can be found below. On Sunday 6 September, football fans are asked to use Grangetown or Cardiff Central Station. Ninian Park station is closed on Sundays as the City line runs Monday -Saturdays only. Find travel information about Cardiff City Stadium here.

    Due to Network Rail improvement work at Cardiff Central station on Sunday, there will be some platform changes and re-timings to services and a post-match queuing system in place. There will also be crowd management at Grangetown Station. Please check your journey plans before you travel  www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainwales

    Whatever your plans, we wish you a great weekend
  • Rugby World Cup Travel Advice 18 September – 31 October 2015

    Rugby World Cup matches will be taking place at various venues across England and Wales and during this period train services across the whole of the network will be busy as rugby fans from home and abroad use rail services to travel to support their teams.

    The Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers have put together a comprehensive travel guide for fans and general rail travellers alike which covers useful travel information for all the venues hosting Rugby World Cup 2015 matches click here for more information.  

    Travel Advice for the Arriva Trains Wales Network

    If you are travelling on the Arriva Trains Network during the Rugby World Cup, some services and stations are likely to be busier especially on match days.  Four of the venues are on our network (Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Gloucester) but fans will also be using our services to link to other train operator services for example our South Wales services are likely to be busy on the Twickenham match days as fans travel to connect into the First Great Western London services.

    Match Travel Advice

    We will be issuing specific travel advice for Arriva Trains Wales services for each match on the Arriva Trains Wales as the tournament progresses. Keep checking this page for more details.

    Match Date Venue Kick off
    Tonga v Georgia 19 September Gloucester 12:00
    Ireland v Canada 19 September Cardiff 1430
    Wales v Uruguay 20 September Cardiff 1430
    Scotland v Japan 23 September Gloucester 12:00
    Australia v Fiji 23 September Cardiff 16:45
    Argentina v Georgia 25 September Gloucester 16:45
    South Africa v Samoa 26 September Birmingham 16:45
    Australia v Uruguay 27 September Birmingham 12:00
    Wales v Fiji 1 October Cardiff 16:45
    New Zealand v Georgia 2 October Cardiff 20:00
    England v Uruguay 10 October Manchester 20:00
    France v Ireland 11 October Cardiff 16:45
    USA v Japan 11 October Gloucester 20:00
    Quarter Final 17 October Cardiff 20:00  
    Quarter Final 18 October Cardiff 13:00 

  • Millennium Stadium Events

    Millennium Stadium 535x200 IMG 

    Forthcoming events at the Millennium Stadium and other venues in Cardiff.

    Date     Event 
    8 August 2015 Wales vs Ireland Rugby Friendly KO TBC
    5 September 2015 Wales vs Italy Rugby Friendly KO TBC
    19 September 2015 Rugby World Cup Ireland vs Canada KO 14:30
    20 September 2015 Rugby World Cup Wales vs Uruguay KO 14:30
    23 September 2015 Rugby World Cup Australia v Fiji KO 16:45
    1 October 2015 Rugby World Cup Wales vs Fiji KO 16:45
    2 October 2015 Rugby World Cup New Zealand v Georgia KO 20:00
    11 October 2015 Rugby World Cup France vs Ireland KO 16:45
    17 October 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final KO 20:00
    18 October 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final KO 13:00
    13 February 2016 Wales vs Scotland RBS 6 Nations KO 16.50
    26 February 2016 Wales vs France RBS 6 Nations KO 20.05
    19 March 2016 Wales vs Italy RBS 6 Nations KO 14.30
    11 February 2017 Wales vs England RBS 6 Nations KO 16.50
    10 March 2017 Wales vs Ireland RBS 6 Nations KO 20.05


    If you are travelling to the Millennium Stadium for an event by train the following information will help make your journey safe and straightforward.

    Cardiff Central Railway Station is just 400 yards from the Millennium Stadium, opposite Cardiff Bus Station.

    On major event days Cardiff Central Station will be extremely busy and for passengers safety and security a queuing system may be in operation at the station after the event.

    Passengers who are attending an event are advised to allow plenty of time to travel, and where possible, to arrive early in Cardiff and soak up the atmosphere.  After the event, passengers are advised to return to Cardiff Central Station as soon as the event has finished.

    Where a queuing system is in place passengers may have to queue for up to 2 hours depending on the size of the event. Please click here for the Queuing Plan PDF (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

    Queue Map for Cardiff Central Station January 2015 IMG

    Buy your Train Tickets before you travel
    Cardiff Central Railway Station operates revenue protection ticket barriers and customers are advised to purchase their return tickets to avoid further delays when returning to the station and it is usually cheaper than purchasing two single tickets. All passengers must have a correct ticket for the journey they are taking and it is their responsibility to have one. Read our Revenue Enforcement Policy here

    Passenger Safety
    The safety of our passengers is paramount.  Barrier systems in place within the station perimeter are installed for crowd control and passenger safety. 

    • Please stand well back from the platform edge
    • Allow passengers to get off the train before you board
    • Please do not wave flags and banners on the platform as they are distracting to the driver

    Reservations on trains
    Some services are closed or not available for reservations on event days.

    Special Assistance
    If you require assistance when travelling by train please book in advance by ringing our Journey Care Line on 0845 300 3005, contact the Customer Relations Department on  03333 211 202 or email customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk.  If you haven't been able to book in advance please make yourself known to a member of platform staff or a crowd safety steward so we can assist you with your return journey.

    Engineering Work
    Please check this website for details of engineering work that may affect your train journey to and from Cardiff

    Charter Trains
    Passengers who are travelling to an event on a chartered train need to receive the following information from the Charter organiser before travelling: 

    • Where you need to queue for the return journey
    • What time you need to be back at the station
    • The name of the Charter service you are travelling on and the colour of your train ticket

    Please note that Charter trains will depart at their booked time, and will not be held if passengers are not on board when the train is due to leave.

    Alcohol Consumption
    There are some events when alcohol consumption on trains and at stations is not permitted.  Please refer to specific event details, contact our Customer Relations Department on 03333 211 202 or email customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk 

    For more information on Cardiff and to find accommodation visit www.visitcardiff.com 

    Top Ten Tips 

    • Please allow plenty of time for your journey
    • Return to the station as quickly as possible after the event
    • Please be patient - the queuing system is for your personal safety
    • Purchase your return ticket in advance to avoid further delays at stations
    • Allow for weather conditions when queuing ie bring an umbrella and warm clothing
    • Please be aware that the only public toilets available to passengers outside the station are next to the NCP car park behind Marland House (these can be accessed to the side of Burger King). There are passenger toilets on each platform.
    • If you require assistance when travelling by train, please let us know in advance
    • If you are not going to the event please avoid travelling to and from Cardiff Central Station on that day
    • Listen out for last minute platform changes - ask a member of staff to clarify if necessary
    • Please be aware that smoking is not permitted anywhere on Arriva Trains Wales premises, including on trains and stations


    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Why are trains so busy going to an event – don’t you lay on extra trains?
    For each major event at the Stadium we use all the trains we have available to us. We also suspend routine train maintenance to ensure the maximum availability of rolling stock. Where possible we will also reallocate trains from parts of the area unaffected by the event to Cardiff to provide additional capacity.

    Our Special Events Manager then allocates the additional capacity we have both to and from the event based on the historical passenger flows. This is our best estimate of what capacity will be needed and where. But as we offer a walk up service we occasionally get this wrong when more travel to or from a destination than expected.

    Why might I have to stand when coming to an event or coming home afterwards?
    Coming to an event, we offer a walk up service on our trains and there may be more passengers using a service than we have seats for. Therefore overcrowding can result and some passengers may have to stand. The only remedy to this would be to make each service on an event day reservation only but this would be both difficult to enforce (many of our stations are unstaffed) and would severely reduce the number of people we could bring to an event. We believe the majority of our customers would prefer the short duration discomfort of standing rather than not being able to use the train to attend the event.

    For services after an event we will load carriages to standing levels and will continue to do this until we are certain that we have accommodated all those that wish to travel back with us. Again if we did not do this then regrettably many passengers may be left behind.    
    Why do passengers have to queue outside Cardiff Central station after an event before boarding a train?
    When a major event take place, such as a concert or international match, we regularly cater for up to 35,000 passengers and a queuing system is essential in order to ensure that all passengers are able to enter the station and board their train safely. Crowd control measures, including the use of barriers, are used as standard across the rail industry for major events.

    How long will I wait in the queue?

    The number of passengers who wish to travel by train is increasing in popularity each year. As we operate a walk up service rather than by reservation only, it’s first come first served in the queue and you may therefore have to wait before boarding.

    Our average queuing time when joining the queue is 45 minutes. This regrettably means that for some passengers queuing times exceed this and maybe over an hour.

    We therefore recommend that people leave additional time for their journey and dress appropriately for the time of year and weather.  

    Will there be toilet facilities for those in the queue?
    We would like to be able to provide such facilities but with many thousands of people in the limited space available at the front and rear of the station, we regret we are unable to safely accommodate space for toilets.

    However, each platform at Cardiff Central has passenger toilets as well as all of our trains. As it would potentially cause operational problems we do not normally allow those in the queuing system to jump the queue to use the station toilets.

    When will I get to the platform?
    Passengers are directed from the queues onto the correct platform by station staff only when a train becomes available. This avoids the need to have many thousands of passengers queuing on platforms which may be unsafe and lead to problems as too many passengers try and board each service as it arrives.

    How can I find out more about the plans in place at the station prior to a big event?
    Please visit the Arriva Trains Wales website where information is posted prior to events taking place. Passengers will be advised whether crowd control measures are in place, how busy train services are likely to be and whether additional time for your journey is recommended. Posters will be displayed in stations with information and local press and radio stations regularly report this information so stay tuned!

    How can I find out about train times?
    A special events timetable, outside of the normal published timetable, is used to cater for increased numbers of passengers who wish to travel and a member of station staff will make regular announcements to passengers while waiting in the queue.

    Why is Queen Street station closed after an event?
    We found that those with local knowledge went direct to Queen Street station after an event and therefore the trains coming into Cardiff central were already full. Also for Valley Line services going up the valleys those at Queen Street were unable to board. Also Queen Street station has very limited space for a queuing system and it was not possible to accommodate this safely.

    Why do you allow so many events in Cardiff on the same day?
    This is a decision made by the local authority and the stadium management but clearly the number of train services we can operate is finite.

    Is anything being done to improve the future event management at Central station?
    Our event arrangements have been fine-tuned over a number of years and work well given the inevitable constraints of coping with many thousands of extra people.

    We are not complacent and we continue to review our arrangements, taking customer feedback into consideration to improve our future service. For example, we are currently in discussions with Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government to look at the feasibility of a canopy for those waiting in a queue.

    Our record over the last 12 years in getting people home safely has been excellent. We are pleased that we have been visited recently by the Olympic Delivery Authority who looked at our arrangements as an example of good practice.