South East Wales

London 2012: Cardiff road closures for football

Olympic rings at Cardiff City Hall
Image caption Cardiff has hosted 11 Olympic football matches over eight days

Extensive road closures will be in place in Cardiff city centre as the city hosts the last of its 11 London 2012 Olympic football matches at the Millennium Stadium.

The third-place playoff between Japan and South Korea's men's teams kicks off at 19:45 BST on Friday.

Roads will be closed from 17:15 BST to 22:30 BST, possibly later if there is extra time or penalties.

South Korea beat Team GB in the quarter-final in Cardiff on Saturday.

On Olympic match days, roads have been closed two-and-a-half hours before kick off and for at least an hour after the game ends.

Roads that will be entirely closed are Duke Street, Castle Street, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road. Others will be partially closed.

Park and ride facilities will be available for the football and can be accessed by following signs from junction 33 of the M4.

There will also be free coach parking on Edward VII Avenue, and secure parking for bikes in Sophia Gardens.

The closures will also affect bus services in the city centre.

Arriva Trains Wales said Cardiff city centre stations would operate differently when games were being played.

A queuing system may be in operation at Cardiff Central station, and passengers attending matches are advised to allow plenty of time to travel.

Arriva Trains Wales also said its trains would not be able to carry bicycles on match days.

First Great Western said it was running a normal train timetable but there would be extra capacity providing almost 3,000 extra seats.

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