Transport for Wales has announced that they will be offering additional train services before and after for Wales' Euro 2024 qualifying matches. The transport company has said there will be additional capacity and later services for the fixtures in Cardiff in March.

It comes after football fans criticised Transport for Wales in October of last year for insufficient capacity, which led to "woeful" overcrowding during train journeys. Passengers said they were particularly affected by such issues during train journeys between Cardiff and areas of north Wales before and after international football matches. You can read more about this here.

In November Transport for Wales bosses were grilled by Senedd's infrastructure committee over delays, cost increases on major projects, and its huge compensation bill. James Price, chief executive of Transport for Wales, said their "performance on football events [was] not as good as rugby and we want to do something about that".

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Following the announcement on additional capacity and services on Wednesday, March 6, the chief customer and culture officer for Transport for Wales said they recognised the "importance" of these football matches and they had listened to feedback from their customers about their services on a matchday. The Wales men's team are set to play against Finland in their play-off semi-final at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, March 21. The team will then be facing either Poland or Estonia on Tuesday, March 26, which may be a play-off final or international friendly depending on the result of the Finland game.

According to Transport for Wales they have strengthened their key services for the matchday and the following day by adding more carriages and later services in case of extra-time and penalties during the matches. Before a match the train service from Holyhead to Cardiff Central at 10.40am and the train service from Manchester Piccadilly at 12.30pm will be four-carriage trains at minimum. There will be additional capacity planned between Cardiff Central and Ninian Park as well as additional capacity planned on key routes pre-match focusing on Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, all Valley services, Marches, Vale of Glamorgan, Barry and services from west Wales.

Large crowd of Wales fans at the Cardiff City Stadium wearing red shirts, bucket hats, and other Wales-related clothing
Transport for Wales has said that they have strengthened their key services for the matchday and the following day

Post-match there will be a full reinstatement of Rhymney, Treherbert, Aberdare, and Merthyr services for the evening. According to Transport for Wales there will be an additional capacity added where possible. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

There will also be additional services to Rhymney, Newport, and Penarth as well as additional services from Ninian Park to Radyr. There will be a later Cardiff Central to Crewe via Wrexham/Chester service leaving Cardiff Central at 10.47pm. The service from Cardiff Central to Holyhead on the day after the games will leave Cardiff Central at 11.25am and run with a minimum of four carriages.

Transport for Wales has also said there will be "full major event plans" and standby buses will also be in place for both games. Marie Daly, the chief customer and culture officer at Transport for Wales, said: "We recognise the importance of these games and have listened to feedback from our customers about our services on a matchday.

"Midweek matches can be a challenge because we do not have control over important factors such as planned engineering work and the staffing of signal boxes which can have a big impact on late evening services but our team have worked hard to add later and additional services where possible. We'll have staff at key stations across Wales on the day of the game and extra staff travelling from north Wales with passengers to provide support to our customers."