A Welsh rail line will be closed for 12 days due to engineering works

The line between Rhoose and Bridgend is affected
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Trains between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and Bridgend will not run for over a week due to engineering work taking place next month.

According to Network Rail, the planned works will take place between Saturday, June 8 to Monday, June 17 . However, the line will reopen for a day on Tuesday, June 18, for a single day. It will then be closed again on Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20.

Replacement bus services will be in place on the days when the line is shut.

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According to Network Rail, the closures are because of two essential pieces of work on the line. Engineers will be working between Llantwit Major and Ewenny to carry out essential rock netting to help prevent landslips and stop material from reaching the tracks.

More than 130 metres of track will also be renewed with more than 1,000 tonnes of new ballast (track stone) added and 1,200 tonnes of spoil removed.

The reason for the line reopening on June 18 is because music superstar Taylor Swift will be playing in Cardiff on that day. Nick Millington, Network Rail Wales and Borders route director, said: "We are conscious of the number of concert-goers who rely on train services to get to and from the Principality Stadium, so there will be no engineering works on this stretch of the route on 18 June when Taylor Swift is performing."

There has previously been widespread criticism of the transport links out of the Welsh capital after large events. Many people also struggled following Bruce Springsteen's recent concert in Cardiff.

Transport for Wales has been told to improve its planning for big concerts and sporting events in a report by the climate change, environment and infrastructure committee.

The cross-party group said there was a lack of trains leaving the capital city after events. Its report gave the example of the last train leaving the Welsh capital just minutes after the final whistle of Wales games at the Cardiff City stadium.