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Cardiff road closures for Wales vs France this Friday

Credit: Principality Stadium Tours

Wales will be taking on France on Friday, March 11th at Principality Stadium.

With the kick-off taking place at 8pm – there will be a full city centre road closure from 4.30pm until Midnight to ensure all ticket holders are able to get into and out of the stadium safely.

Those attending the rugby match are strongly advised to leave large bags at home and pay attention to the prohibited items listed at principalitystadium.wales before they travel into the city.

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 4.30pm.

  • 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 Street, Castle St, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park 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 Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road and Gorsedd Gardens Road.

Trains

Transport for Wales is running a full timetable on Friday 11 March but due to the late evening kick-off time there are a limited number of train services available post-event.

Services are expected to be very busy and passengers are advised to check the latest travel information on the TfW website, app or social media.

Customers are advised Queen Street Station is exit only from 21:00 unless passengers have accessible requirements/or are travelling to Cardiff Bay.

Face coverings remain mandatory on public transport in Wales (unless you’re exempt).

If you have any issues on the railway, please speak to a conductor or, for more serious matters, you can text the British Transport Police on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency, always call 999.

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 8am and closes at 12 Midnight.

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.

Park & Ride facilities

The event park & ride facility will be at County Hall in Cardiff Bay. The facility is easily accessible via the M4, leaving at junction 33, and travelling down the link road (A4232).

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

The car park opens at Midday and the first bus will leave shortly after the car park opens. The last bus from the city centre will be at midnight and the car park will close at 00.30am.

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: stagecoachbus.com)

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

For Adventure Travel services, please visit: https://www.adventuretravel.cymru

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 4.30pm and will re-open at Midnight.