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Beyonce concert: travel advice

Beyonce will be performing at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium next Wednesdasy (May 17), as part of the Renaissance World Tour.

To ensure people can get into and out of the stadium safely, Cardiff Council will close city-centre roads from 4pm until midnight that day.

The M4 motorway and other major roads are expected to be very busy for this event, so people are being advised to plan, and use public transport or the park & ride/ walk facilities, or if you live locally, cycle or walk.

The council is advising concert-goers to plan their journey and get into Cardiff and the stadium early. The stadium gates open at 5pm.

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 between 4pm and midnight.

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 Fitzhammon 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.
Additionally, Penarth Road will be closed 30 minutes before the concert finishes and up to hour after the concert ends on safety grounds for train passengers arriving and leaving from the train station. 

Access to part of the Civic Centre will be controlled throughout the day, with access only for event parking, limited commuter parking, loading and access to private car parks.

Trains

Due to over-running engineering works as part of the South Wales Metro transformation, there will be no trains north of Pontypridd (Treherbert and Merthyr Tydfil Lines) and Mountain Ash (Aberdare Line) all day on Wednesday.

TfW will be providing extra capacity where possible on routes in/out of Cardiff, but services are expected to be very busy.

Post-event queues for mainline rail services will be on Central Square and queues for Valleys services will be to the rear of the station. Cardiff Queen Street station will close at 9.45pm except for direct journeys to Cardiff Bay.

Due to the finishing time of the event, there are no post-event services to Birmingham, London or Holyhead.

Great Western Railway (GWR) will run extra services after the concert from Cardiff Central to Swansea, Newport, Bristol and Swindon.

Those travelling from further afield should check connecting services, and the time of their last train home.

The ASLEF (train drivers) union has also announced action short of a strike in the period covering 17 May and this is likely to cause some short-notice changes and cancellations, so check before travelling.

Coaches

Big Green Coach offers carbon-neutral return coach travel from: Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Gloucester, Newport and Worcester.

Park & Ride / Walk

Event park & ride is available at Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith, accessed from junction 32 off the M4, following the signs. The drop off point will be at Fitzalan Embankment.

The park & ride is 1.5 miles from the city centre which takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. The cost is £12 payable on the day.

Staff will arrive at the car park at 9am when the site opens, with the first bus leaving at 9.30am. The last bus will leave Fitzalan Embankment at midnight and the park & ride site will close at 12.30am on Thursday.

An event park & walk facility will operate from County Hall car park in Cardiff Bay. It will open from 2pm to midnight. The cost to park is £5.

Civic Centre parking (cars and coaches): Costs £20 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are also now available. The car park will be open from 8am to midnight.

Sophia Gardens (cars) Costs: £20 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are now available. The car park is open from 8am to midnight.

Buses

Bus services will be diverted while the city centre road closures are in place.

All Cardiff Bus services will divert to the satellite pick-up and drop-off bus stops from 4pm until the last bus. All the diversion bus stops for Cardiff Bus services after 4pm can be seen here.

National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual. At 3pm, National Express Services will leave and arrive from Cathedral Road.

Cycling/ walking

Those who live locally in Cardiff may want to travel by bicycle or walk. Research shows that 52% of car trips made in Cardiff are less than 5km – a distance that can be comfortably cycled in 20 minutes.

When the roads are congested, cycling can be quicker than driving.

Shopping parking

City centre car parks are also available: North Road Car Parks, St David’s Shopping Centre, John Lewis, Capitol Shopping Centre, and NCP (Adam Street, Dumfries Place and Greyfriars Road.)

Disabled parking

Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens. Disabled parking is also available at various private car parks.

Taxis

St Mary Street taxi rank (outside the House of Fraser building) will close at 4pm and will re-open at midnight.

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