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
|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.