TRUST URGE RETHINK ON STATION MATCHDAY SUSPENSION

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 Trains Wales is planning to suspend services for three hours either side of kick offs from the Brighton match on Wednesday, August 17.

Chair Tim Hartley said: “We understand that Arriva wants fans to use Grangetown railway station, rather than Ninian Park before and after matches, because of a fear of overcrowding. 

“We don’t believe there are capacity issues at this station ahead of games because supporters do not arrive in huge numbers at the same time. Our view is that trains coming down from the Valleys to Cardiff Central can call safely at Ninian Park station before games kick-off.  

“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. 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.”
The Supporters’ Trust understands from the football club that they had been in discussion with Arriva Trains Wales.
”We hope the railway company will review this decision and make changes so that fans can use the most convenient station for the Cardiff City Stadium at match days,” added Tim Hartley.