The Football Association of Wales, Arriva Trains Wales and Football Supporters’ Federation Cymru are pleased to announce that a special train is to be put on to ensure Welsh football fans from North Wales can be in Cardiff for the World Cup qualifying matches against Austria (2 September) and the Republic of Ireland (9 October).
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The trains, which will be run by Arriva Trains Wales, will ensure fans can go to the two matches and get back in the same night, without the cost of staying over in the capital or having to drive or take a coach back very late.
Both matches are scheduled to take place in Cardiff City Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off, meaning they would finish after the last train to North Wales.
Following positive meetings between the FAW, FSF Cymru and Arriva Trains Wales, it was confirmed that a special charter service would run for both matches.
Arriva Trains Wales Head of Communications Lewis Brencher said: "It's fantastic to be able to offer these trains to fans from north Wales.
“We know getting back from Cardiff after a night match is challenging so to have another option for fans can only be a good thing and we hope it will be really successful.
“This is something FSF Cymru have called for and it's great to be working with them to deliver this.”
Lucy Mason, FAW Ticketing & Membership Manager, added: “The FAW regularly meets with FSF Cymru about a wide range of Welsh football matters. A regular topic in these discussions was the possibility of a train service between north and south Wales for international matches.
“Arriva Trains Wales have been proactive in working with the FAW and FSF Cymru to discuss the best possible provision for fans at affordable prices.
“The FAW strive to make international matches as accessible as possible and our meetings with FSF Cymru are vital in achieving this.”
Tickets for the two specials will be available directly from the FAW on a limited basis.
The Austria match on Saturday, 2 September will see the service pick up from Holyhead at 11am before stopping at Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Chester and Wrexham before running fast to Cardiff, arriving at 3.16pm to give fans plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere.
It will follow the same calling pattern on the way back after the match, arriving into Holyhead at approximately 3am.
The exact details for the train for the Republic of Ireland match are still being finalised.
A standard price of £45 for adults and £22.50 for children has been agreed, with 20 business class places also available for £65 for the Austria game.