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AMs slam Cardiff Central station for Rugby World Cup delays amid calls for "urgent improvements"

There were queues of up to 4 hours for some Rugby World Cup matches held at Cardiff's Millennium stadium. Photo: ITV Wales

"Urgent Improvements" are needed at Cardiff Central railway station - That's the verdict of the Assembly's business and enterprise committee after an enquiry into long delays following some Rugby World Cup matches at Cardiff's Millennium stadium.

The station can deal with around 10,000 passengers per hour, but over 30,000 fans tried to access the station after the World Cup games in the Welsh capital with evidence from tournament organisers suggesting the majority wanted to travel east towards London, which increased disruption.

The committee recommends:

  • Work to improve capacity at Cardiff Central station as a matter of urgency
  • Make sure fans are better informed in future
  • Coach travel should have a greater role in relieving pressure

Ruby World Cup organisers told the committee that only five percent of tickets for non-Wales games held in Cardiff went to Welsh households.

"Cardiff Central station was designed in the 1920s with a capacity of around 10,000 passengers per hour but we need 30,000 or 40,000. Urgent improvements are needed but it will require a significant injection of capital."

– William Graham AM, Committee Chair

A spokesperson for Network Rail, the station's owners, said: "Work we are already doing over the next five years will make a huge difference, including electrifying parts of the railway and installing new signalling to help deliver improved reliability and the potential for more and faster journeys."

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