New Transport for Wales rail timetables come into effect from today


Transport for Wales train (Image: Gwalia)

Transport for Wales (TfW) customers are being encouraged to check their journey details as an increase in train services comes into effect.


From today (Monday 13 September), new rail timetables will be in place across the TfW Cymru a'r Gororau-Marches network. These changes will see an overall increase of 8.5% in services. It will also see the introduction of two high quality ‘Mark IV’ long distance trains into passenger services, which will include catering and refreshment services.


While the times of many services will be unaffected, customers should still ensure they double check their departure, arrival and connection times.


Colin Lea, Transport for Wales Planning and Performance Director, said: “To introduce more services through our network, we’ve needed to make some adjustments to our timetable. This means it’s really important for customers to check their journey details ahead of travelling."


Customers are reminded that wearing a face covering while on public transport remains the law in Cymru, unless exempt. A face covering must also be worn whilst in enclosed stations.


Timetable Changes:


Valleys-Cymoedd Services: An increase to two Treherbert, Merthyr Tudful and Aberdâr services per hour and additional Ystrad Mynach and Bargoed services.


Ynys y Barri/ Penarth: An increase to three Ynys y Barri services per hour and an increase to four Penarth services per hour.


City Line / Coryton Line: An increase to two services per hour. Due to essential restoration work to a city centre railway bridge, there will be no direct services between Coryton and Radur (*with the exception of the direct 07:45 Coryton to Rauyr and 14:59 Radur to Coryton services Monday - Friday). Services will run between Coryton and Bae Caerdydd and between Radur and Caerdydd Canolog. Other services can be used to connect between Caerdydd Heol y Frenhines and Caerdydd Canolog.


Bae Caerdydd Shuttle: The 08:07 Caerdydd Heol y Frenhines to Bae Caerdydd and the 08:14 Bae Caerdydd to Caerdydd Heol y Frenhines will run as a rail replacement bus service Monday – Friday.


Caergybi – Caerdydd: Direct services between Caergybi and Caerydydd will be reintroduced, increasing services along the Gororau-Marches between Caerdydd and Amwythig-Shrewsbury. The 16:50 Caergybi to Caerdydd will call additionally at Bae Colwyn, y Rhyl, Abergele, Prestatyn and y Fflint.


Wrecsam to Bidston: 12:34 Wrecsam General to Bidston, 13:34 Bidston to Wrecsam General will run as a rail replacement bus service Tuesday – Thursday, due to essential driver training.


Cambrian Line: Rail replacement bus services will run between Pwllheli and Machynlleth, due to Network Rail’s essential restoration work to Abermaw Viaduct. Rail replacement bus stop locations will change at selected stations to improve journey times and bus timetables will vary throughout this period, due to road works in the area.