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We're introducing new timetables across our network. Please check your journey plans before you travel for any changes to train times and connections with other train operators’ services.

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  • Significant Timetable Changes December 2022

    • Timetable significant changes December 2022 newtwork map
    • From Sunday 11 December, our train timetables are changing.

    • Please check journey plans before you travel for any changes to train times, platform changes and connections with other train operators’ services.
    • Here’s an overview of the most significant changes across our network:
    • Borders

    • North Wales line key colour green
    • Cardiff – Shrewsbury – Crewe – Manchester Piccadilly

    • In readiness for the Mark 4 intercity trains along this route over the next few months, there will be significant changes to the times and calling patterns of some services between Cardiff – Shrewsbury – Crewe – Manchester Piccadilly. Some station platforms are not suitable for this type of train and they also require more longer waits at each station. The intercity trains include a First Class carriage with catering.
    • Birmingham International – Shrewsbury – Aberystwyth / Pwllheli / Holyhead / Chester

    • Services to and from Birmingham will call at Sandwell and Dudley station, and will no longer call at Smethwick Galton Bridge.
    • These changes have been made in conjunction with West Midlands Railway to improve overall performance and reliability on the route, by amending calling patterns to better space out stops. Passengers requiring Smethwick Galton Bridge should use WMR services.
    • Mid and West Wales

    • Mid and West Wales line key colour red
    • Heart of Wales Line

    • An extra return service (Monday-Saturday) on the Heart of Wales Line between Swansea and Shrewsbury via Mid Wales, as well as additional return services at either end (Swansea-Llandovery and Shrewsbury-Llandrindod), will provide more options for travel for local communities and opening up new opportunities for tourism along the rural line. As a result, there’ll be significant changes to the times of all services along this route.
    • Ferryside and Kidwelly stations

    • Ferryside and Kidwelly stations will no longer be request stops and all timetabled services will now stop at these stations.
    • South Wales

    • South Wales line key colour orange
    • Rhymney Line

    • In readiness for the arrival of the new trains along this route over the next few months, the following services will be reinstated (Monday-Saturday).
      • 06.02 Penarth – Bargoed
      • 06.32 Penarth – Bargoed
      • 07.02 Bargoed – Penarth
      • 07.32 Bargoed – Penarth 
      • 16.01 Cardiff Central – Bargoed
      • 16.46 Cardiff Central – Bargoed  
      • 17.16 Cardiff Central – Bargoed 
      • 17.00 Bargoed – Cardiff Central
      • 17.32 Bargoed – Cardiff Central
      • 18.15 Bargoed – Cardiff Central 
    • Evening rail replacement bus services (Sunday-Thursday) will now extend to run between Cardiff Central – Caerphilly – Bargoed – Rhymney from approximately 20.00. This is so we can undertake the transformation work needed to deliver the South Wales Metro.
    • Treherbert Line

    • 10.16 Treherbert – Cardiff Central – will run via Cathays instead of via the City Line
    • 14.57 Cardiff Central – Treherbert will now become 15.05 Cardiff Central – Treherbert and will run via Cathays instead of via the City Line.
    • Merthyr Line

    • 10.04 Merthyr Tydfil – Pontypridd will now become 10.08 Merthyr Tydfil – Barry Island
    • 09.26 Barry Island – Pontypridd will now become 09.26 Barry Island – Merthyr Tydfil
    • Cardiff – Maesteg

    • The weekly late night 22.37 Cardiff Central – Maesteg service will now also run on a Saturday night due to customer demand.
    • North Wales

    • Borders line key colour purple
    • North Wales Coast Line

    • Sunday afternoon / evening Holyhead – Chester – Manchester Piccadilly services will extend to Manchester Airport.
    • Deganwy station

    • Deganwy station will no longer be a request stop and all timetabled services will stop at this station.
  • Timetable booklets 2022/23


Metro transformation work

For Metro transformation works across our network that can affect the timetable please visit this page.

Metro transformation work



Customers who have already purchased tickets for services affected by this change will be able to use their tickets on alternative TfW rail services. Alternatively, they will be able to request a refund by visiting our refunds page.