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Cardiff’s reputation as ‘event city’ at stake after Ed Sheeran gig ‘brings city to a halt’

30 May 2022 4 minute read
Ed Sheeran picture by Harald Krichel (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Cardiff’s reputation as an ‘event city’ is at stake after the traffic chaos before and after the Ed Sheeran gigs at the Principality Stadium, according to a former leader of the council.

Major congestion caused half-hour tailbacks on the M4 ahead of Ed Sheeran’s gig in Cardiff on Friday, and there were further problems on Saturday compounded by a My Chemical Romance gig happening at the same time.

Councillor Rodney Berman, who was the leader of Cardiff Council between 2004 and 2012, said that Cardiff had “long since positioned itself as an event city” and had made this a key element of its economic strategy.

“However, this has been hugely undermined by the major traffic disruption we have seen during the recent Ed Sheeran concerts in the Principality Stadium which was far worse than anything the city has seen in the recent past,” the Liberal Democrat councillor said.

“We can’t have a scenario where concerts such as this are effectively bringing the city to a halt. We had reports of 15-mile tailbacks along the M4 towards Cardiff, people waiting for up to two and a half hours to get out of the multi-storey car park at the St Davids 2 shopping centre and scenes of utter chaos at Cardiff Central station as people tried to get home after the concert.

“Something seems to have gone badly wrong from an event planning perspective. Those supposed to be in charge of making sure the transport arrangements went as smoothly as possibly seem to have been asleep at the wheel.

“A major review must now be held by the council with other key stakeholders – such as the police, the Welsh Government, venues and transport providers. We need to establish what went wrong and how these events could have been better handled.”

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‘Funnelling’

Some visitors had taken to social media vowing never to return to the capital after waiting hours to get out of car parks after it finished on Thursday night.

One person wrote on Twitter at 12:29am: “Will definitely will not be returning to Cardiff after being sat in the car park for over an hour and counting”.

Another tweeted at 12:53am: “My partner has just phoned me, she’s been sat in her car trapped in St David’s Car Park since 11pm…it’s absolute chaos!!”

A spokesperson for NCP told ITV: “Unfortunately the traffic on the road was so busy that our customers were having to queue to gain access onto the roads.

“Customers were all leaving at the same time and it meant they were queuing to gain access to roads which were blocked with traffic.

“We did have staff on all sites to assist as best as we could, and we are sorry for the delays experienced but we cannot control the traffic on the roads surrounding our car parks.”

Cllr Rodney Berman said that questions need to be asked, such as whether more people could have been encouraged to travel to the city by coach or train rather than by private car.

“Also, why weren’t we making use of park and ride facilities on the east and west approaches to the city, including at the Park and Ride site at Pentwyn, rather than funnelling everyone down to County Hall in Cardiff Bay?” he asked.

“The lack of advance warning to residents also needs to be looked at. I am sure many people were caught out because signs hadn’t been put up in advance along key routes into and out of the city to warn of such major disruption.

“With a new concert arena currently being planned by the council for Cardiff Bay, these problems could be with us more frequently in the future.

“Cardiff residents need to be reassured our events-based strategy is not going to mean the city increasingly can’t function properly. We must be reassured the city is able to live and operate with such large-scale events.”


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George
George
6 months ago

Cardiff Council decided to move everything into the center of Cardiff without making improvements to road, rail or bus services – of not completing them at least – and then wonders why big events cause traffic congestion?

They’re talking about a new music venue on edge of the bay but how may roads, rail, busses connect to the bay?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  George

Yet again the blame for Tory mismanagement falls on the Cymry

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Oh stop wobbling your jowls you tedious clone!
Use your own screen name

Phil Jones
Phil Jones
6 months ago

Come to Swansea instead

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
6 months ago

The road traffic management in most towns in south Wales seems to be run by headless chickens just come to Merthyr Tydfil i don’t think the planners live in the Town the way that they run Merthyr

Andrew
Andrew
6 months ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

Yes Malcolm. Every alteration to the road system only serves to cause more congestion which is driving people from bothering to enter the town. The traffic wardens have generated so much money, they now have a new van with mounted cameras so they don’t even have to physically issue a ticket any more.They stalk parents on the school run for easy victims. Nobody’s willing to drive into Gleabland St any more, as it results in having to drive all the way around the one way system again due to virtually zero parking options to even access a cash machine, let… Read more »

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago

Yeah, well it doesn’t help having our infrastructure run by a foreign government.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Yes. They are used to making decisions for white monocultural little England London.

When faced with a European capital like Caerdydd the same principals don’t work.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

So what’s your plan you tedious clone. Can’t think up your own screen name?

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Are you writing to yourself or are you having a bit of local difficulty with a “Walter Ego”. If it’s the latter surely someone at N.C H.Q has the means of identifying “original Cyn” and weeding out the new Cyn(t) to let you get on with your business. I may not agree with what you write on some matters but having some dud hijacking your identity is not on.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Don’t always agree with me, eh?

You probably wouldn’t as an appeaser of Priti Patel’s liebstendarte.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Childish clone. I must really threaten your fragile ego that you have to try and demean my screen name. Do you even know who Cynan was?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

It’s the latter. I’ve been informing people at NC HQ for days but they can’t be R-sed to do anything about it. These are my last few posts. As you say, we may not always agree but I respect your position on our points of disagreement and the many points we agree on. The vast majority on here, agreeing or not, follow a reasonable standard of behaviour. Unfortunately, NC either don’t have the technology, the understanding or the will to deal with infantile clones. I binned the BBC HYS (which is now just a fascist echo chamber) because of their… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Try principles instead !

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Just FYI, that was my faulty clone, not me. There are two of us. The original. And an infantile EDL troll. Face to face you could tell us apart. I’m 6’ 3” with a runners build. The clone looks like a bleached haggis

Jack
Jack
6 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

This isn’t a great take. I agree we need better control over our infrastructure but Cardiff has successfully held big events in the past. Countless gigs, 6 nations annually, 3 rugby world cups, FA Cup finals, even the Champions League. Those have all been great in the past.

We need to examine what went wrong this time without constantly blaming our neighbours for every problem.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack

They are the ones in charge of our infrastructure not our government.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Quite right. Foreign vermin who know not of the need for the Cymru to swoon to Shape of You while free or tyrannical oppression.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago

Politiciking by the ex-leader. There has always been some congestion on event days. I understand it was half an hour this time. That’s NOTHING.
I am not taking a political stance on this. It’s just normal.

Cynann
Cynann
6 months ago

I want a tax on all participants in Cardiff events. I’m unable to drive or shop when ed Sheeran is playing. My roads are being ruined. This is the same as second home issue.
No to Cardiff as an events city, or at least tax them at 5pound per participant

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynann

Pathetic clone

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Why are you pretending to be me upbraiding me?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Oh how “witty” the child is cloning itself now

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynann

Furthermore I can’t even watch Ed Sheeran in the country I was born in!

Those tickets should only have been sold to local fans of bland wedding dance music.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Now there’s your fatal flaw stupid clone
1) I can
2) I wouldn’t want to

Phil Nedin
Phil Nedin
6 months ago

I would be surprised if any City with the area of Cardiff could cope with 72,000 travelling fans leaving a stadium concert. The car parks fill up on a staggered basis but the vehicles leave on a continuous basis, hence the gridlock. I think the solution is for the stadium operators, the artists management and the City council planners to get their heads together and create a workable plan to deal with the problem. Or conversely not use the stadium for concerts!

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Phil Nedin

Friday night rugby internationals are often a shambles when everybody hits the get out of town button at roughly the same time. Having to travel through Cardiff to get to the venue doesn’t help, and public transport is defective to say the least.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
6 months ago

I remember coming out of the NEC in 1983 having seen Dire Straits and getting the barbie out of the boot while waiting for the car parks to unjam. We ended up bopping to the car stereo eating hot dogs with about 15 other experienced gig-goers for an hour.

These things happen and a multi storey within walking distance of a city centre venue is possibly the silliest choice of all.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Well thank you for regaling us with your traitorous sojourn over the Clawdd.

How was white middle class little England retired colonel Brum?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Hey clone. You know I could just abandon this screen name as easily as you have stolen it, don’t you? I don’t want to, because a great hero that destroyed so many Saxon “warriors” deserves remembering. They threw the numbers at him, and a much reduced number fled from him in terror

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Ah, but people can’t be expected to walk anywhere, can they ! After inhaling all those toxic fumes they get a bit wobbly.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Sorry Kerry. I have caught a bad case of childish English troll cloning my screen name

Walter
Walter
6 months ago

Why do we want Cardiff to be an events city?? US residents don’t want it that’s for sure. So why is it being forced on us?

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