Cardiff Council Update: 15 August 2023

Here is our latest update, covering:

  • Travel advice for Wales vs South Africa - including rail, roads, and parking information ahead of Saturday's match at the Principality Stadium.
  • Maltings Park reopening - the park in Splott has been extensively upgraded and improved.
  • The Lord Mayor visits new HMS Cardiff - Cllr Molik has been to the Glasgow shipyard where the latest HMS Cardiff is being built.


Travel advice for Wales vs South Africa on August 19th in Cardiff

Wales will be taking on South Africa on Saturday August 19th at Principality Stadium.

With the kick-off taking place at 3.15pm - there will be a full city centre road closure from 11.15am until 7.15pm or as soon as it is deemed safe to do so, to ensure all ticket holders can get into and out of the stadium safely.

The M4 motorway and surrounding Trunk Road Network is expected to be very busy for this event - please plan ahead - and avoid the congestion in Cardiff by using the Park & Ride facility at County Hall, in Cardiff Bay. For up-to-date traffic information on the motorway and trunk roads go to the  Traffic Wales website,  or @TrafficWalesS on Twitter and Facebook.

Gates open at 1pm, those attending the rugby match are strongly advised to plan their journey and get in early. Please pay attention to the prohibited items listed at,  in particular the bag policy (no large bags permitted) before travelling into the city.

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Upgraded Maltings Park re-opens to the public

Maltings Park in Splott has re-opened to the public following a re-design and extensive upgrade.

The park now features a circular entrance plaza off East Tyndall Street and improved paved connection to Ysgol Glan Morfa. New signage, new foot paths, new stone seating, and new bins have also been incorporated into the new design.

There are panels featuring historic photography of Splott and across the site, over 30 new trees, meadow areas, native planting, and a large open lawn suitable for events.

On the Western side of the park a new natural play area, Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), and new skate park have been provided, after they proved popular options during the public consultation held prior to design being developed.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke, said: "This upgrade has revitalised the park for the community. With new play and skate facilities alongside lots of new semi-mature trees, shrubs, meadow planting and open lawn areas, it's now a fantastic green space for all to enjoy."


Lord Mayor checks progress of latest HMS Cardiff

As a historic port, Cardiff has long had special ties with the Royal Navy and illustrious ships have carried the city's name around the world for more than 400 years.

Now the fourth HMS Cardiff has taken a significant step towards completion, watched by a party of dignitaries from the city with which it is now affiliated.

At the end of July, Lord Mayor Cllr Bablin Molik, Morfudd Meredith, the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan and Honorary Captain Raj Aggarwal, the Honorary Consul to India in Wales, accepted an invitation from BAE Systems and Brigadier Jock Fraser, the Naval Regional Commander for Wales, Western England and the Channel Islands, to visit the shipyard in Glasgow to see how HMS Cardiff is taking shape.

Workers there completed the process of joining the two sections of the ship together, a key stage in its construction. Now, there will be further structural work at Govan before she is rolled on to a barge ready to be floated off and transferred to Scotstoun for fitting out. Here, she will join her sister ship, HMS Glasgow, which is undergoing completion.

Cllr Molik said: "Our city had strong links and a lasting friendship with the former HMS Cardiff and we are extremely proud that one of the Royal Navy's next generation of submarine hunters will also bear the capital's name.

"We look forward to strengthening Cardiff's ties with both the Royal Navy and the new HMS Cardiff in years to come."

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