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Essential Travel Covid-19 timetable
from 25 January 2021

Transport for Wales will be re-introducing an Essential Travel Covid-19 timetable from 25 January until further notice in response to the tighter restrictions in place across Wales and England.

The move balances maintaining the safety of those customers still travelling for essential purposes, the safety of railway colleagues and the need to still provide as reliable service as possible.

To support the Government’s public health priority which aims to reduce the number of people travelling,  services have been reduced across the network.


The new essential travel timetable will be updated in journey planners on a week by week basis – please check here before you travel

Summary of local Cardiff and Valleys services Monday to Saturday
Aberdare, Merthyr, Treherbert – Cardiff One service per hour on each line
Pontypridd - Cardiff Shuttles removed please use Merthyr/Aberdare/Treherbert services
Rhymney - Cardiff One service per hour
Bargoed – Cardiff Two service per hour, one which is from/to Rhymney
Caerphilly - Cardiff Shuttle removed please use Rhymney / Bargoed services
City Line – Coryton line One service per hour
Cardiff Bay Shuttle No service but ticket acceptance on Cardiff Bus services
Cardiff – Bridgend via Vale of Glamorgan line One service per hour
Cardiff - Barry Island Two services per hour, three trains total per hour from Barry town including Vale Of Glamorgan service
Cardiff – Penarth Two services per hour


Summary of mainline Wales and Borders services Monday to Saturday
Chester – Liverpool Lime Street* One service per two hours
Cambrian line One service per two hour service on Cambrian mainline and Cambrian Coast line
Conwy Valley Rail replacement bus services Two return services a day
Shrewsbury – Birmingham  Reduced to every two hours

Llanelli to Shrewsbury via the Heart of Wales line

Reduced to two services per day in each direction
Rail replacement bus service  between Swansea and Llanwrtyd / Llandrindod

West Wales
Carmarthen – Fishguard/Milford Haven/Pembroke Dock

Swansea – Pembroke services to terminate/originate at Carmarthen instead of Swansea. Two Fishguard Harbour return trips a day to connect with Ferry travel only.
Manchester - Cardiff Hourly service
North Wales Coast  Minor service reduction
Chester - Manchester Airport Reduced off-peak to every two hours
Wrexham General - Bidston Reduced to every two hours
Crewe – Chester One service per hour for the majority of the day
Ebbw Vale – Cardiff Reduced to every two hours
Maesteg - Cardiff Reduced to every two hours
Cheltenham – Cardiff A near hourly service to Gloucester, with some services extended to Cheltenham Spa.


  • Station closures - to help with social distancing until further notice

    • In order to maintain a safe distance between the conductor and customers, we need to be able to operate two train doors. Unfortunately due to the short platform length at these stations, this is not possible.
    • Closed station Closest alternative Distance to closest alternative
      Llanaber* Barmouth 2 ½ miles
      Llanbedr* Pensarn 1 mile
      Llandanwg* Pensarn 1 mile
      Tygwyn* Talsarnau 1 ½ miles
      Abererch* Penychain 2 ½ miles
      Conwy* ** Llandudno Junction 1 mile
      Valley*    Holyhead 3 ½ miles
      Llanfairpwll* Bangor 4 ½ miles
      Gilfach Fargoed Bargoed 1 mile
      Wrexham Central** Wrexham General ½ miles
      Hopton Heath Bucknell 3 miles
    • *For alternative transport arrangements serving these stations phone 0333 3211 202
    • ** Limited services stopping at this station
    • A reduced service will also be in operation at Yorton and Prees stations as Manchester/Cardiff services will not be stopping at these stations due to the short platform length.  These stations will be serviced by the local Shrewsbury – Crewe shuttles only.