South East Wales

Ninian Park trains suspended for Cardiff City matches

Ninian Park station
Image caption Fans are unhappy trains will not stop at Ninian Park

Cardiff City Supporters' Trust has urged Arriva Trains Wales to reconsider its decision to stop trains calling at Ninian Park station for Bluebirds' home games.

Arriva plans to suspend services for three hours either side of kick-off times, starting with the Brighton match on August 17.

Passengers are advised to use Grangetown station instead.

Arriva said the move will "better suit the needs of passengers".

Trains will call at all other City Line stations (Waun-gron Park, Fairwater, Danescourt and Radyr) as normal.

Grangetown station is around a 10 minute walk from the stadium.

Cardiff City Supporters' Trust chair Tim Hartley said he does not believe there are capacity issues at Ninian Park station ahead of games because "supporters do not arrive in huge numbers at the same time".

He added that trains from the south Wales valleys to Cardiff Central "can call safely at Ninian Park station before games kick-off".

'Inconvenience'

"There may be an argument for trying to manage the numbers after the match but we are disappointed that there was no consultation between Arriva Trains Wales and supporters' groups before these changes were announced," he said.

"This will add a lot to journey times for many fans and will be a real inconvenience. This station, after all, was built to serve the old Ninian Park ground."

In a statement, Arriva said the plans to suspend services were made following discussions with Cardiff City Football Club, the British Transport Police, South Wales Police and the Welsh Government.

Head of stations Peter Northcott said: 'We believe that encouraging the use of Grangetown station will better suit the needs of passengers as the station benefits from more frequent services and wider platforms and will provide passengers with a more pleasant and safer journey experience to and from the match."

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