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Please Plan Ahead! - Travel Advice for Wales vs New Zealand on 5th November

27 October 2022

Wales will be taking on New Zealand on Saturday November 5that Principality Stadium.

With severe restrictions on the train network due to strike action, all those travelling via road are advised to leave plenty of time to get into Cardiff and into the Principality Stadium.

The M4 motorway is expected to be very busy – please plan ahead – and avoid the congestion in Cardiff by using the park & ride facilities at CCFC Stadium in Leckwith, or County Hall in Cardiff Bay.

With the kick-off taking place at 3.15pm – there will be a full city centre road closure from 11.15am until 7.15pm to ensure all ticket holders can get into and out of the stadium safely.

Gates open at 12:45, those attending the rugby match are strongly advised to plan their journey and get in early. Please pay attention to the prohibited items listed at principalitystadium.wales, in particular the bag policy (no large bags permitted) before travelling into the city.

There will be no trains running from Cardiff after the match.

 

Road closures

From 7am, Scott Road and Park Street will be closed because of the need to prepare Gate 5 and protect queuing fans.

The following roads will be closed as part of the full city centre road closure which will take place at 11.15am until 7.15pm.

  • Kingsway from its junction with North Road to its junction with Duke Street.
  • Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate Street.
  • Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street (access for residents and traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment.)
  • Plantagenet Street and Beauchamp Street from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street (access for residents and traders will be permitted.)
  • The following roads will be closed in their entirety: Duke StreetCastle Street, High StreetSaint Mary StreetCaroline StreetWood StreetCentral SquareWestgate StreetQuay StreetGuildhall PlaceGolatePark Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road.
  • Station Terrace and Guildford Street from the junction with Newport Road to the junction with Churchill Way will be access for buses only during the times of the road closures. This is to ensure that there is reliable access for buses to the satellite points in Churchill Way.

Additions: 
Civic Centre: Access to part of the Civic Centre will be controlled throughout the day, with access allowed only for event parking, limited commuter parking, loading and access to private car parks.

Roads affected include King Edward VII AvenueMuseum AvenueCity Hall RoadCollege Road and Gorsedd Gardens Road.

 

Trains

Passengers are advised NOT to travel by train on Saturday November 5th.

This is due to industrial action by the RMT and TSSA unions taking place on Saturday November 5th, which will see most trains across the Wales and Borders network suspended.

Transport for Wales (TfW) is not involved in either dispute, but its services will be severely affected, as it relies on Network Rail staff to run trains on much of the network.

Services will also finish earlier on the days before the industrial action and start later on the days after the industrial action. Customers travelling on these days are encouraged to check the latest travel information before making their journey.

There will be no trains running from Cardiff after the match.

 

Park & Ride facilities

The event park & ride facilities will be at both CCFC Stadium in Leckwith and County Hall in Cardiff Bay. Both facilities are easily accessible via the M4, leaving at junction 33, and travelling down the link road (A4232) following the signs that will be put in place.

The drop of point in the city centre from CCFC Stadium is Fitzalan Embankment and the drop off point from County Hall is Callaghan Square.

Buses will be running to and from the city centre every 15 minutes. Cost: £10 payable on the day – card payments are now available.

Both car parks open at 9am, with the first bus leaving at 9.10am. The last bus from the city centre for both park & ride sites will be at 7.30pm with the sites closing at 8pm.

 

Civic Centre Event Day Parking

Getting there: Exit Junction 32 of the M4, head south on the A470 towards the city centre and follow signage to the civic centre.

Cost: £15 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are also now available.

Parking time: The car park will open at x and closes at x

Civic Centre Event Day Parking (Coaches)

Cost: £25 payable on the day (cash only)

Parking time: The car park will open at 8am and closes at 12 Midnight.

 

Event Day Parking at Sophia Gardens

Sophia Gardens (cars)

(Approximately, 0.5 mile walk to the Principality Stadium, Gate 2).

Sophia Gardens Event Day Parking

Getting there: Exit junction 32 off the M4

Cost: £15 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are now available.

Parking time: Car park opens at 8.00am and closes at 12 midnight

Please note: Sophia Gardens car park will be staffed until 7.00pm all vehicles are left on site at the owner’s risk. Cardiff Council will not be held responsible for any theft or damage to motor vehicles or personal possessions. Any vehicles left in the car park after closing time will be fined.

 

Bus

Local buses:

Bus services will be diverted while the city centre road closures are in place

Please visit the relevant bus operator’s website for more information about your specific bus routes.

For Stagecoach services, please visit:
Welcome to Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

For Cardiff Bus services, please visit:
https://www.cardiffbus.com/principality-stadium

For Adventure Travel services, please visit:
https://www.natgroup.co.uk/

National Express:
 
National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual.

 

Can you cycle or walk?

Those who live locally in Cardiff may want to travel by bicycle or walk. Research shows us that 52% of car trips made in the Welsh capital are less than 5km. This is a distance that can be comfortably cycled in 20 minutes.

We also know that 28% of Cardiff residents who currently do not cycle would like to do so.

When the roads are congested this makes cycling an even more attractive option as travel by bicycle would be quicker than a car during rush hours or during big events.

 

Shopping Parking

Shoppers are advised to make use of the dedicated Shopping Park & Ride sites at Pentwyn or County Hall. Or city centre car parks are also available: North Road Car Parks, St David’s Shopping Centre, John Lewis, Capitol Shopping Centre, and NCP (Adam Street, Dumfries Place and Greyfriars Road.)

 

Disabled parking

Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens. Disabled parking is also available at various private car parks.

Please check individual websites for availability.

 

Taxis

St Mary Street taxi rank (outside the House of Fraser) will close at 11.15am and will re-open at 7.15pm.