Penarth soccer fans hoping for a night-out in Cardiff for the Real Madrid v Juventus Champions League match have discovered that the last train home to Penarth from Cardiff leaves before tonight’s the kick-off.
German-owned Arriva Trains Wales has – in fact – urged people not to travel to Cardiff by train unless absolutely necessary because of special restrictions in place today .
Any soccer fans who ARE travelling by train are advised to arrive in Cardiff by 13:00 and should aim to be in the National Stadium by 17:45 because of the additional security checks in place.
The Champions League pre match ceremony starts at 19;30 and the match – billed as “the biggest sporting event of 2017” – is due to start at 19:45. The day’s last train from Cardiff to Penarth leaves at 19:30.
Most major roads in Cardiff city centre are closed all day and will not reopen until 03:30 BST on Sunday, with motorists being warned not to drive into the city.
There are no outdoor big-screen tv displays showing the match anywhere in Cardiff.