1. ITV Report

Public transport under scrutiny following Rugby World Cup

Passengers queuing at Cardiff Central train station during the Rugby World Cup. Photo: ITV News

Problems around public transport during Rugby World Cup matches in Cardiff are to be examined by a National Assembly committee.

Passengers reported "significant delays caused by overcrowding," a spokesperson for the Assembly said, with many taking to social media to express their frustration.

The Enterprise and Business committee will be asking transport providers, Cardiff Council and event organisers what the impact was and what lessons have been learned.

The committee chair said he feared people might be "put off" visiting the Welsh capital as a result of the problems.

The Rugby World Cup was a wonderful opportunity to welcome the world to Cardiff and Wales.

However, I fear the experience of many will be tempered by problems with public transport, which could have a knock-on effect of putting people off visiting in the future.

Wales has of course hosted numerous large-scale sporting and cultural events in the past few years, and will do again with occasions such as the World Half Marathon next year and football’s Champions League Final in 2017.

To realise the economic benefits of these events it is imperative that people are able to travel to, from and around the country as easily as possible.

– William Graham AM, Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee

Most transport providers did not want to comment ahead of the committee meeting on November 5.

However, one told ITV News that the city had seen "record numbers of fans" travelling through, and that travel was "improved and refined" as the tournament progressed.

Estimates put the economic value of Cardiff’s involvement in the World Cup as a host city at £316 million pounds.