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Cardiff flooding causes train delays, traffic chaos and businesses to close

There are currently 13 flood warnings and 23 flood alerts in place across South Wales

FLOODING has hit South Wales overnight with trains cancelled, roads closed, businesses submerged and schoolchildren stuck at home.  

There are 13 flood warnings and 23 flood alerts are in place across South Wales, including the River Ely at Ely Bridge, St Fagans and Peterston-super-Ely. 

Many Transport for Wales services have been delayed and disruption on many lines is expected until early afternoon.  

Trains are cancelled between Pencoed and Cardiff Central, leaving commuters from Swansea and Bridgend unable to get into the city centre.  

A spokesperson for Transport for Wales said: “Due to continued heavy rain and rising flood water closing the South Wales mainline, customers are advised to check their journey arrangements prior to travel, allow plenty of time for their journey and expect delays.

“The situation is changing all the time and therefore services are likely to be disrupted throughout today with last minute alterations.

“We will be doing all we can to keep people moving and we would like to thank customers in advance for their patience and understanding.”

These are the trains currently delayed or cancelled: 

11:05 Swansea to Cardiff Central due 12:12 

11:12 Cardiff Central to Llanelli due 12:36 

11:42 Bridgend to Cardiff Central due 12:40 

12:43 Llanelli to Cardiff Central due 14:11 

13:12 Cardiff Central to Swansea due 14:15 

15:05 Swansea to Cardiff Central due 16:13 

All lines between Cardiff Central and Bridgend are currently blocked and some trains are being diverted around Pontyclun.

Peterston-super-Ely has been hit badly by floods, and The Sportsman’s Rest pub will be shut for a number of months

Roads are closed around Cardiff, including at St Fagans on Michaelston Road near the level-crossing, Peterston-super-Ely and Birdies Lane between Fairwater and Ely. 

St Fagans Museum is open but access is restricted due to the floods

The Sportsman’s Rest in Peterston-super-Ely has been hit for the third time in two months, leaving the much-loved pub shut for the foreseeable future.  

Huw Jones, the owner, said: “We were hoping we could open for Mother’s Day because that is our biggest day of the year and we were fully booked, but that won’t happen now.” 

When the river Ely flooded in September last year, the pub suffered £100,000 worth of damage to the kitchen equipment, food, walls and floors. The kitchen equipment cost £25,000 after fridges and freezers needed to be replaced. 

When Mr Jones, who has owned the pub for 16 years, woke up this morning and saw the water level, he called his regulars who jumped out of bed to help lift equipment, tables and chairs away from the water. 

School buses from the village were also cancelled, meaning Cowbridge Comprehensive School students were not able to get in.  

Dai Lewis, a Peterston-super-Ely resident who owns a canoe, got it out to help people get to work this morning, after roads out of a main estate were blocked.  

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