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"Gerald" set to bring January Sale shoppers down to Cardiff

29 December 2017

"Gerald" set to bring January Sale shoppers down to Cardiff: ChesterRailStation2016.09.22-38

A SPECIAL shopping train is set to run down to Cardiff in the first weekend of January to help beat the post Christmas blues.

ARRIVA Trains Wales is to run an additional train down to Cardiff during the first weekend of January.

The additional train will bring passengers down from north Wales in the morning on Saturday, 6th January and will return the following afternoon.

Known as "Gerald of Wales" or "Y Gerallt Gymro", the train is normally only used from Monday to Friday providing a vital link between north and south Wales. It has featured in reviews by the Guardian and Tim Dunn of the BBC's Trainspotting live, with its award winning dining service.

Tom Joyner, Managing Director for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to put on an extra train down to Cardiff for the sales.

“We hope this will be a real benefit to our customers in north Wales and those in Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire too.

“While Christmas may be over, this is a great excuse to treat yourself to a weekend in the capital, so whether you’re shopping, catching up with friends and family or just relaxing, it’s well worth taking advantage of.”

The service will leave Holyhead at 05:45, calling at Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Chester, Wrexham General, Shrewsbury, Hereford and Newport, before arriving into Cardiff at 10:41.

It will call at the same stops on its return on the Sunday evening. Customers can buy tickets for the service at station booking offices, on their smart phones or from our website


 (Gerald of Wales at Chester)

Contact information

James Nicholas

Communications Manager

Arriva Trains Wales

Notes to editors

Saturday 6th January Holyhead – Cardiff Central, calling pattern

Holyhead 05.45, Bangor 06.13, Llandudno Jn 06.33, Chester 07.34, Wrexham General 07.57, Shrewsbury 08.38, Hereford 09.34, Newport 10.22 and Cardiff Central 10.41.

Sunday 7th January Cardiff Central – Holyhead, calling pattern-

Cardiff Central 16.15, Newport 16.31, Hereford 17.18, Shrewsbury 18.08, Wrexham General 18.40, Chester 19.09, Llandudno Jn 19.58, Bangor 20.22 and Holyhead 20.53.