Press release

Eyes of the world on Wales as Cardiff hosts heavyweight boxing showdown

Fans urged to plan their journeys ahead of Joshua - Parker at sell-out spectacle at Principality Stadium

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WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will take on WBO title-holder Joseph Parker in front of an 80,000-strong crowd at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday evening (31 March).

Fans have been warned to plan their travel in advance, and the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has been in discussion with the major transport operators to ensure a smooth operation on the night.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:

This is a fantastic event coming to Cardiff, and the city is quickly underlining its credentials as a first-class host for several major sporting events.

However it’s important that fans plan in advance and consider all the travel options before travelling in order to make the most of the experience, and enjoy what our capital city has to offer.

I’d like to thank all those people who put in the extra hours to make sure the extensive travel planning processes that these major events require are in place.

Network Rail is organising full crowd management operations, and travel information has been sent out to all ticket holders. More taxis and night buses have also been arranged to ensure queues are minimised after leaving the event.

GWR and Arriva Trains Wales have been working together to plan services and more services will be provided between Cardiff and Swansea. But fans are warned that the last train to London leaves at 21:25, meaning alternative arrangements should be made by those wishing to return on the night.

A large section of the Bristol rail network will be closed due to planned engineering work to reduce congestion and cut journey times from January 2019. For more information, visit GWR’s website.

A full city centre road closure around the stadium will start at 4pm and the roads are expected to open at 1am the following morning.

For more information on accessing the stadium, road closures and park and ride facilities, visit Cardiff Council’s travel advice page.

ENDS

Published 28 March 2018