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Rugby World Cup travel chaos issues examined

Problems surrounding public transport during the Rugby World Cup games in Cardiff are to be examined by a National Assembly Committee.

Many fans were left in long queues after games finished Credit: Arriva Trains Wales

The term 'travel chaos' was used on numerous occasions, with many fans reporting delays and overcrowding when travelling to and from the capital.

The Enterprise and Business Committee will speak to representatives from Great Western Railway, Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail and Cardiff Council, as well as the organisers of the tournament, to work out what impact the travel issues had, and whether anything can be learned for future events.

It's thought the economic value of Cardiff's contribution as a host city is worth more than £300 million pounds.

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.Therefore the Committee will, in particular, be looking to see what lessons have been learned.

– William Graham AM, Chair, Enterprise and Business Committee

The travel companies involved apologised to customers for any inconvenience, and said they had put on as many services as possible.

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