Welsh rugby supporters heading to watch Wales play Italy in Cardiff on Saturday 1 February will be boosted by the news that Arriva Trains Wales will provide extra train services ahead of the match.

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The travel advice from the rail provider includes more trains and additional seating capacity where possible to cater for fans traveling to the Millennium Stadium game which kicks off at 2.30pm next weekend.

While tickets are still available for the fixture at www.wru.co.uk/tickets, a sell-out crowd is expected to watch Wales begin their RBS 6 Nations Campaign against the Italians at the home of Welsh sport.

With hoards of rugby fans heading to the city-centre, train services are expected to be very busy and Arriva Trains Wales have advised that seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Customers are also being advised to buy a return ticket as they offer better value than two singles and avoid unnecessary queuing at the ticket machines.

The usual post-event queuing management system will be in place at Cardiff Central station after the event, allowing passengers to board their train in the most efficient and safe manner. The weather forecast in predicted to be very cold and we advise passengers to wrap up warmly.

Customers are being urged to ensure they make their way to Cardiff Central Station with plenty of time to catch services advertised in the normal timetable as only a limited number of additional services will be provided beyond 19:00.

As usual the British Transport Police will be on duty and passengers who are deemed not fit to travel due to excess alcohol consumption will not be allowed on the trains. Cardiff Queen Street station will be closed as usual after 16:00.

Station staff will be distributing a copy of the queue plan to passengers during the day and this is also available on the Arriva Trains Wales website. If passengers are not attending the game, we would strongly recommend they travel at a different time to avoid the crowds. Every effort is made to provide as much additional capacity as possible for major events in Cardiff and all available trains will be in use.

Ebbw Vale passengers – please note that there is a dedicated queue for passengers travelling to Rogerstone, Risca, Crosskeys, Newbridge, Llanhilleth and Ebbw Vale Parkway at the front of the station. Please do not join the Cardiff and Valley lines queue which goes via rear of the station / Penarth Road entrance as you will not be guided to the Ebbw Vale services.

Full train times and fares information can be obtained by visiting www.buytickets.arrivatrainswales.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50. www.nationalrail.co.uk

For those travelling by car, Cardiff Council have confirmed Park and Ride facilities for the following matches:

Wales v Italy

Wales v France

Wales v Scotland