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Travel Advice for Wales vs England on Saturday 5th August in Cardiff

Tuesday 1 August 2023


Wales will be taking on England on Saturday August 5th at Principality Stadium.

With the kick-off taking place at 5.30pm – there will be a full city centre road closure from 1.30pm until 9.30pm to ensure all ticket holders can get into and out of the stadium safely.

Castle Street will remain closed until midnight so that those leaving the Tom Jones concert at Cardiff Castle can leave safely.

The M4 motorway and surrounding Trunk Road Network is expected to be very busy for this event – please plan ahead – and avoid the congestion in Cardiff by using the Park & Ride facility at County Hall, in Cardiff Bay.For up to date traffic information on the motorway and trunk roads go to the Traffic Wales website, or @TrafficWalesS on X (Twitter) and Facebook.

Gates open at 3.15pm, 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, in particular the bag policy (no large bags permitted) before travelling into the city.



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 1.30pm.

  • 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 Street, High Street, Saint 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.
  • Additionally, Penarth Road will be closed 30 minutes before the game finishes and up to hour after the final whistle on safety grounds for train passengers arriving and departing from the train station.

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.



Transport for Wales (TfW)

Customers travelling into and out of Cardiff on 5 August should expect services to be very busy as a result of industrial action amongst other train operators and the Wales v England rugby match in the Principality Stadium.

Whilst Transport for Wales services are running as usual, customers should check before they travel and allow additional time to complete their journeys.


Great Western Railway (GWR)

GWR will run additional services to help customers get home after the Wales-England Summer International.

Customers are, however, reminded to check before they travel as industrial action short of a strike by the Aslef union may lead to some short-notice alterations or cancellations.

Extra trains are planned to operate from Cardiff Central to Swansea, Newport, Bristol and Swindon; with plenty of parking available at station car parks.

These are expected to be very busy immediately after the match and a queueing system will be in place outside the station to help people board trains safely.

Those travelling from further afield should check connecting services, and the time of their last train home, at



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

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

Cost: £12 payable on the day.

The park & ride site will open at 8.45am with the first bus leaving at 9am. The last bus from the city centre will be at 9pm with the site closing at 9.30pm.



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 per car and £30 per bus Рpayable on the day at the car park Рcard payments are also now available.

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



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 per car and £30 per bus Рpayable on the day at the car park Рcard 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.



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.

All Cardiff Bus services will divert to the satellite pick up and drop off bus stops from 11.15am until 9.30pm. All the diversion bus stops for Cardiff Bus services after 12 noon can be seen here – Principality Stadium Events – Cardiff Bus

Alternatively for Stagecoach services, please visit: Welcome to Stagecoach (

Or for Adventure Travel services, please visit: Home | Adventure Travel



National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual. Between 3pm and 8pm, National Express Services will leave and arrive from Cathedral Road.



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.



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 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 1.30pm and will re-open at 9.30pm.