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  • UEFA Champions League Finals and UEFA Champions Festival

    1 – 4 June 2017

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    The UEFA Champions League Final is coming to the National Stadium of Wales (The Principality Stadium), Cardiff on Saturday 3 June.

    Cardiff will also host the Women’s Champions League Final on Thursday 1 June at Cardiff City Stadium and the free UEFA Champions Festival at Cardiff Bay from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June.

    Tens of thousands more people will be flocking to Cardiff and it is anticipated to be the biggest, busiest sporting day ever hosted by Cardiff. Extra train services and capacity will be added however all train services in the Cardiff area will be much busier than usual over this period.

    In particular, on Saturday 3 June, the day of the UEFA Champions League Final, train services are expected to be exceptionally busy through to the early hours of Sunday morning.  

    Please check your journey plans before you travel at www.arrivatrains.wales or www.gwr.com

    For full travel advice across all of the UEFA Champions League Finals and Festival please visit Cardiff2017.wales/travel

    Car Parking at Cardiff Central 
    From 00:01 Saturday 3 June to 07:00 Sunday 4 June the following carparks at Cardiff Central will be closed.

    • Penarth Rd Car park
    • Riverside (Fish Jetty) car park
    • Saunders Rd car park.

    There will also be restricted access to these car parks on Thursday 1 June and other times where necessary.

    Planning to visit this event? Search train times throughout the UK here.

  • UEFA Champions League Final

    Saturday 3 June UEFA Champions League Final

    Cardiff services will be extremely busy all day and there will be some temporary timetable changes affecting both local and mainline services in the area.

    If you don't have a ticket for the match, or your journey isn't essential, please think about travelling to or via Cardiff on a different day.

    If your journey is essential or you are travelling to the match on Saturday 3 June:

    Cardiff Central station - mainline services  

    • Customers are advised to book now and travel as early as possible to arrive in Cardiff before 13:00
    • If you are travelling on GWR services to Cardiff, you must book a specific train to travel on. 


    During the match

    • Train services will be limited between 19:00 - 23:00, the time of the match. There will be no Arriva Trains Wales services departing from Cardiff Central and there will be a reduction in GWR services from Cardiff Central direct to London Paddington  
    • Services to Bristol Temple Meads will continue to run as normal
    • Cross Country services will run as normal.


    Travelling after the match:

    • From 23:00, Cardiff Central station will only be open for mainline services to Bristol, London, the Midlands, the Marches and West Wales. Trains will run until approximately 05:00 Sunday 4 June 2017
    • For a return journey on GWR services to Bristol / London you will need to book an hourly time slot; please arrive 30 minutes before your allocated time slot    
    • Post-match crowd management arrangements will be in place at Cardiff Central after the match to get everyone home safely. A detailed map will be available here nearer the event
    • After 23:00 there will be no  train services running from Cardiff Central station to:
      • Ebbw Vale Town
      • Stations west of Swansea
      • Local Gloucester stations (Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Chepstow, Lydney)
      • Local  stations to Swansea (Pontyclun, Llanharan, Pencoed, Pyle, Baglan, Briton Ferry, Neath, Skewen, Llansamlet)
      • Manchester / North Wales
      • Bath Spa, Westbury, Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour
      • Weston-super-Mare and Taunton 


    Cardiff Queen St (for local Cardiff and Valleys services)  

    • Customers for local Cardiff and Valleys services, are advised where possible to use Cardiff Queen St station all day on Saturday 3 June as Cardiff Central station will be extremely busy
    • After 19:00 there will be no local Cardiff and Valleys services stopping at Cardiff Central station
    • After 19:00 there will be no Vale of Glamorgan line, City line or Penarth services
    • Local Cardiff and Valleys services will run until approximately 01:00 Sunday 4 June. Shuttle train services will run between Pontypridd / Caerphilly and Cardiff Bay (including Cardiff Queen St). Customers will need to change at Pontypridd / Caerphilly for onwards travel
    • Post-match crowd management arrangements will be in place at Cardiff Queen St station after the match to get everyone home safely.

     

    Thursday 1 June: UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Cardiff City Stadium

    • Services towards Grangetown and Ninian Park stations will be especially busy early evening as kick-off is at 19.45.
    • Post-match, train services will be running from Ninian Park and Grangetown stations and post-match crowd management arrangements will be in place at Ninian Park, Grangetown and Cardiff Central stations.
    • Due to capacity limitations at Ninian Park and Grangetown stations, where possible, customers are advised to walk between Cardiff Central and Cardiff City Stadium which is approximately a 20 minute walk.

    UEFA Champions Festival Cardiff Bay 1-4 June

    At this free event, you can see the UEFA Champions League trophy, watch some football matches on a floating pitch and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Cardiff Bay services are expected to be busier during this festival and crowd management will be in place. 

    • On Saturday 3 June services will be extremely busy due to the UEFA Champions League Final. If your journey is essential or you are keen to attend on this day, head out early and allow extra time for your journey. (Please note there is no live screening of the Final at the Festival and the Festival closes at 17.00 on 3 June.)
    • Where possible, customers are advised to walk to the Bay via Lloyd George Avenue, which shall be closed to traffic during the event. From Cardiff Central station this should take approximately 25 minutes.
    • It is advisable to visit Thursday 1 June, Friday 2 June or Sunday 4 June to avoid the crowds.
    • On Friday 2 June, between 23:00 and 01:00 a limited number of extra services will run from Cardiff Bay station.

    For opening times and what's on at the UEFA Champions Festival visit Cardiff2017.wales/festival