Wales v South Africa closures and travel advice for Rugby World Cup warm-up at the Principality Stadium

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A full city centre road closure will be in place and a key railway line will be closed when Wales play South Africa this weekend. Cardiff Council has published its official travel advice for the day of the Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, August 19.

Buses will replace train services all day between Pontypridd and Treherbert on the day and other train services are expected to be very busy. There are a number of car parks available with a park & ride service in place at County Hall.




The M4 and surrounding roads are expected to be very busy ahead of kick-off at 3.15pm (with gates opening at 1pm) and after the game. As usual, city centre bus services will be diverted and the St Mary Street taxi rank closed for part of the day.

Here is all the travel advice from Cardiff Council:

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 11.15am until 7.15pm:

  • 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 Fitzhamon 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.

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



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