Skip to main content

Travel Advice for Judgement Day at Principality Stadium on Saturday 22nd April

20 April 2023


Judgement Day will be taking place at Principality Stadium this Saturday and to ensure all ticket holders can into out of the stadium safely, there will be a partial road closure in place between 11am and 9pm in the city centre, but Castle Street will remain open to traffic.

Those attending these rugby matches are strongly advised to plan their journey in advance and get into the stadium early.  Please pay attention to the prohibited items listed at, in particular the bag policy (no large bags permitted) before travelling into the city.


Road Closures

The following roads will be closed in their entirety – Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, High Street, St. Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Wombany Street, Park Street, Havelock Street & Scott Road.

  • Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street (access for residents & traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment)
  • Plantagenet Street & Beauchamp Street from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street (access for residents & traders will be permitted)
  • Saunders Road from its junction with St. Mary Street
  • Penarth Road from its junction with Saunders Road to the entrance leading into the rear of Cardiff Central railway station.

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

Roads affected include: King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road & Gorsedd Gardens Road.



Transport for Wales is carrying out infrastructure upgrades across the Core Valley Lines network for the South Wales Metro, resulting in buses replacing rail services on some routes on Saturday 22 April.

Buses are replacing trains between:

  • Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay.
  • Pontypridd and Aberdare.

TfW services on routes in/out of Cardiff are expected to be busier than usual so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Post-event queues for mainline rail services will be on Central Square and queues for Valleys services will be to the rear of the station. Visit or the new TfW app for the latest travel information.

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.


Park & Ride facilities

The event park & ride facilities will be at County Hall in Cardiff Bay.

The drop off point in the city centre is Callaghan Square (Eversheds car park).

Cost: £12 payable on the day.

The park & ride site will open at 9am with the first bus leaving at 9 am. The last bus from the city centre will be at 9pm with the site closing shortly afterwards.


Civic Centre Event Day Parking (Cars and Coaches)

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: ¬£20 for cars and ¬£30 for coaches – payable on the day at the car park ‚Äď card payments are also now available.

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: ¬£20 payable on the day at the car park ‚Äď 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.



To accommodate bus services while the city centre roads are closed, temporary bus terminals will be provided at Greyfriars Road, Churchill Way and Fitzhammon Embankment.

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 (

For Cardiff Bus services, please visit:

For Adventure Travel services, please visit: Home | Adventure Travel

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.



St Mary Street taxi rank (outside the former House of Fraser building) will close at 11am and will re-open at 9pm.