Timetable changes 12 December 2021 – 14 May 2022

Our timetables are changing from Sunday 12 December 2021. Please check your journey plans before you travel for any changes to train times and connections with other train operators’ services.

Here’s some of the most significant changes across our network

South Wales

New route

  • Crosskeys – Newport (Monday -Saturday) hourly service until 2120
  • Crosskeys – Newport (Sunday) one service every two hours

Additional earlier and later weekday services

  • 2237 Cardiff Central – Maesteg (Monday – Thursday)
  • 2236 Cardiff Central – Maesteg ( Friday)
  • 2320 Cardiff Central – Gloucester (Monday – Friday)
  • 0537   Cheltenham Spa – Cardiff Central (Monday – Friday)
  • 2234* Cardiff Central – Ebbw Vale Town (Monday – Friday)
  • 2302 Cardiff Central – Ebbw Vale Town (Saturday)
  • 2307** Cardiff Central – Ebbw Vale Town (Monday – Thursday)
  • 2302** Cardiff Central – Ebbw Vale Town (Friday)

*until 31 December 2021
** from 3 January 2022
Please note that the departure times of late night Ebbw Vale, Maesteg and Gloucester services may vary slightly due to ongoing night time engineering works.

Pontypool and New Inn 

The number of services will return to pre-Covid levels

Cardiff Central - Merthyr/Aberdare/Treherbert

Until Thursday 24 March rail replacement buses will continue to run between Radyr and Merthyr/Aberdare/Treherbert (Sunday – Thursday) from approx. 1930 onwards) From Monday 28 March, rail replacement bus services will be extended to run between Cardiff Central and Merthyr/Aberdare /Treherbert, (Sunday – Thursday) from approx. 1930 onwards). Metro transformation works will affect services over the Christmas and New Year period – check before you travel

City line

1510 Fairwater - Coryton service has been retimed to leave earlier at 1508 

West Wales

Additional evening services

  • 2110 Carmarthen – Pembroke Dock (Monday – Friday)
  • 22:27 Pembroke Dock – Carmarthen (Monday – Friday)
  • 2100 Carmarthen – Pembroke Dock (Saturday)
  • 2218 Pembroke Dock – Carmarthen (Saturday)
  • 1805 Carmarthen – Fishguard Harbour (Monday – Friday)
  • 1905 Fishguard Harbour – Carmarthen (Monday – Friday)
  • 1802 Carmarthen – Fishguard Harbour (Saturday)
  • 1900 Fishguard Harbour – Carmarthen (Saturday)
  • 2227 Cardiff Central – Swansea – Extends to Carmarthen calling all stations (Saturday)

Heart of Wales line

From 3 January, Heart of Wales morning services will be extended to and from Swansea

  • 0928 Swansea - Shrewsbury via HOWL (Monday-Friday)
  • 0556 Shrewsbury - Swansea via HOWL (Monday – Friday)
  • 0912 Swansea – Shrewsbury (Saturday)

North Wales

Cambrian Coastal line

Train services resume on the Cambrian Coastal line from mid-morning Sunday 12 December.

Additional morning service

0645 Barmouth – Machynlleth service (Monday -Saturday)

Wrexham Central – Bidston

All train services along this line will call at Wrexham Central.

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  • Significant timetable changes September 2021

    • From Monday 13 September 2021 there’ll be some re-timings and amendments to some of our services.
    • Valleys services: An increase to two Treherbert, Merthyr and Aberdare services per hour and extra Ystrad Mynach and Bargoed services.
    • Barry Island / Penarth: An increase to three Barry Island services per hour and four Penarth services per hour.
    • City Line / Coryton line: An increase to two services per hour. However due to essential restoration work to a town centre railway bridge, there will be no direct services* between Coryton and Radyr. Services will run between Coryton and Cardiff Bay and between Radyr and Cardiff Central. Please use other services to connect between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central.
      * with the exception of the direct 0745 Coryton to Radyr and 1459 Radyr to Coryton services (Monday – Friday).
    • Cardiff Bay shuttle: 0807 Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay and the 0814 Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street will run as a rail replacement bus service (Monday – Friday).
    • Cambrian Line: rail replacement buses will run between Pwllheli and Machynlleth due to essential restoration work to Barmouth Viaduct. Rail replacement bus stop locations will change at selected stations to improve journey times and bus timetables will vary throughout this period due to roadworks in the area. Please check at station or online for more details.
    • Holyhead – Cardiff: Direct services between Holyhead and Cardiff will be reintroduced increasing services along the Marches between Cardiff and Shrewsbury. The 1650 Holyhead – Cardiff Central will call additionally at Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Abergele and Pensarn, Prestatyn and Flint
    • Wrexham – Bidston: 1234 Wrexham General – Bidston, 1334 Bidston – Wrexham General will run as a rail replacement bus services Tuesday – Thursday due to driver training.
    • Extra service stops: Services previously timetabled to call at Conwy upon request will be re-instated, increased services will stop at Prees and Yorton and Sunday services will call again at local stations between Shrewsbury and Birmingham.
    • Please check journey plans before you travel for any changes to train times, platform changes and connections with other train operators’ services as timetables are changing across the whole of the UK rail network.

Due to some late notice improvements to the December timetable, the December 2021 downloadable pdf timetable booklets are still in production.