Changes to train services
How the Metro transformation works will affect your journey plans between November 2023 and February 2024
Metro is being purpose built for Wales’ future. It will be a modern, efficient and sustainable way to travel but there may be temporary periods of change to your journey plans while be build it. Where possible we’re scheduling the transformation work to take place during less busy times to minimise disruption. We’re offering connections between rail services and bus services.
Rail replacement bus services
We’re always looking at improving customer experience and your honest feedback on the survey will help us shape our rail replacement services in the future.
Service changes | Cardiff Central - Coryton | Mondays - Thursdays, from late evening onwards
Changes to sevices between Cardiff Central and Coryton
Metro engineering work means that, from Mondays to Thursdays, the last train is now much earlier.
20:15 Coryton - Cardiff Central 19:51 Cardiff Central - Coryton
For later services, ticket acceptance has been agreed with Cardiff Bus, visit cardiffbus.com.
Service changes | Cardiff Central - Rhymney | Mondays - Thursdays and Sundays, from late evening onwards
Mondays - Thursdays, from approximately 20:00 onwards; Sundays, from approximately 18:30 onwards.
Service changes | Pontypridd - Treherbert | Saturday 29 April - February 2024
As we move forward with our progress of building the South Wales Metro, from 29th April 2023 to late January/early February 2024, we will be closing the train line from Pontypridd to Treherbert, to deliver our biggest programme of works to date.
The Treherbert line has some of the oldest equipment and infrastructure across the entire Core Valley Lines, dating back to early 1930’s. During this eight-month closure, we have a significant amount of work to carry out in order to modernise this section of railway.
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To safely manage the operation of replacement buses in and out of Pontypridd Station, the front of the station is closed for drop off/pick up access. Disabled access will remain open, and staff will be placed at the station entrance to assist.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Travel Advice FAQs
What work will be undertaken during this period?
A whole package of works is planned including track and signalling work along with general maintenance.
Find out all about Metro here.
What will I expect when I arrive at the Radyr station inter-change hub?
Radyr station will act as the main inter-change hub between rail and bus services. Customer service teams will be at hand at Radyr station to direct customers to and from the inter-change hub situated in the adjacent car park. Road transport has been arranged to link in with train services to keep wait times to a minimum. Toilet and shelter facilities will be available.
Where will I be picked up or dropped off at my local station?
Most bus service pick up / drop up points are situated outside the station. They will be clearly signposted but you can check out the location of your rail replacement bus stop here (choose your station then Car Park Information) or on the Useful Information Poster at your station.
I usually take my bike on the train as I need it for onwards travel – can I take it on the bus service?
Normally bikes are not permitted on rail replacement bus services however where possible bikes may be carried dependent on the driver’s discretion and space available. Any bikes carried on our bus services is at your own risk and Transport for Wales cannot accept responsibility for any damages.
Can I take my dog on the bus service?
Normally dogs are not permitted on rail replacement bus services except guide dogs.
Can you take prams on the bus service?
Prams are allowed however we ask that they are folded up before boarding.
How much extra time will the bus service leg of my journey add to my overall journey?
For the exact times you will need to check your specific journey plans but here’s a guide for some key journeys. These are based on average times for the time of night travelled.
Route Approx bus service times Radyr - Pontypridd 00:35 hrs Radyr - Merthyr Tydfil 01:20hrs Radyr - Aberdare 01:20hrs Radyr – Treherbert 01:25 hrs
Can I buy a ticket on the bus?
There are no ticket purchasing facilities on board buses. Tickets must be bought before boarding a bus at your local booking office, ticket machines, on-line using our journey planner or from our app.
I am a wheelchair user, can I access the rail replacement bus service?
The buses are wheelchair accessible with low loading floors. For advice and to book assistance in advance call our Passenger Assist team 03330 050 501.