Images show people ‘crammed’ to train after Wales international football match in Cardiff
Footage of travelers leaving Cardiff after Wales’ international football match last night shows people ‘crammed’ into wagons like sardines as they walked home.
Thousands of travelers were forced to pack a train leaving the Welsh capital on Saturday after watching Wales advance to the World Cup against Belarus at Cardiff City Stadium.
The match ended shortly after 9:30 p.m. and thousands of fans who were there, along with thousands more watching in bars in the city center, made their way to Cardiff Central Station on their way home.
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Images captured by a spectacle of frustrated passengers, it was anything but a comfortable return trip after game night.
In fact, fears have been expressed about his insecurity due to the current Covid-19 situation in Wales, which has seen some restrictions return, including the need to have a Covid pass to attend certain events. overcrowded.
In addition, wearing masks on public transport remains mandatory in Wales, but many did not do so in images captured on a train on Saturday evening, although it is not known whether any of those who did not wear masks were medically exempt, Wales reports online
A passenger who was at 11:13 p.m. from Cardiff to Gloucester on Saturday night said a lot of people got off at Newport, but the train was incredibly busy up to this point, where there was barely room to get up, without talk about sitting down. It was so packed, he said, that it was difficult for him to even take his phone out of his pocket.
“You need a Covid pass to go to a club and a cinema (cinema from Monday) but hundreds of people were crammed into trains that I don’t think are suitable for their use,” he said. declared.
“It was the last train last night, so it was most people’s last chance to get home. People were starting up and fighting started. It was crazy.”
Cardiff is no stranger to hosting large crowds for sporting events in the age of Covid-19. Over the past two weekends, more than 70,000 rugby fans have gathered in the Principality’s stadium for test matches against New Zealand and South Africa, with thousands more expected to arrive. in town for the visit of Fiji on Sunday afternoon.
However, the difference in planning between those events and what was in place for the football international on Saturday could not have been more glaring, according to the passenger.
“There seemed to be no control over who got on the train and how much,” added the passenger. âI went to Wales against New Zealand a few weeks ago and it was a long wait but very controlled. It was a disaster. Whoever was running this service last night should look at the photos and I think they should be ashamed of themselves. Other industries face tough decisions about how many people they allow at sites and how to keep people safe.
“The Welsh government wants to increase the number of places you need a Covid passport to visit but what good is all this if at the end of the evening the train company packs hundreds of people on a little train without thinking to safety? “
The company operating the service in the footage captured on Saturday night was Transport for Wales.
He apologized to all who traveled on his disrupted trains, but said the behavior of passengers was a “personal responsibility”.
A spokesperson for Transport for Wales said: ‘We are working hard to meet demand for our services and regularly review our schedules to ensure we are using the cars in the right place. While all of our available cars are in use, the demand for services can sometimes exceed availability. As a result, we had to change some services following the Wales international football match yesterday, and we apologize to the passengers for the interruption of their trip.
âWe want all of our passengers to have a safe and enjoyable journey with us, and we expect passengers traveling with us to take personal responsibility for their actions and behavior.
âIncidents on board our services can be reported to the UK Transport Police by texting 60106, however emergencies should always be reported to 999.
âWhile all of our available train cars are in service, we always advise passengers to plan ahead. Passengers can determine whether they wish to travel on potentially busy trains, based on information from our capacity control tool. We advise passengers to socially distance themselves where possible and urge them to wear a face cover, unless exempted. Full details are available on our website at www.tfw.wales/travel-safer.
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A Welsh government spokesperson said: ‘We urge people to follow the regulations to protect each other and keep Wales open throughout autumn and winter. This includes wearing face coverings on public transport. We expect rail operators and stations to have measures in place to ensure that people can travel safely. “
UK Transport Police chose not to comment when asked about the incidents reported on trains in Cardiff or departing Cardiff on Saturday evening.
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