Gerald is off to the Sales with Arriva Trains Wales
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Arriva Trains Wales is to put on a special shopping train this weekend to help beat them post-Christmas blues.

Gerald will run from Holyhead to Cardiff on the first weekend of January.

The train will include Business Class seating and will bring passengers down from North Wales on Saturday, and will return on Sunday.

The train, known as ‘Gerald of Wales’ or ‘Y Gerallt Gymro’, the train is normally used on weekdays to take commuters from North Wales to the South and has been commended for its dining service by The Guardian and Tim Dunn.

The ‘Shopper Service’ will depart Holyhead at 05:45 on Saturday 6th January 2018, and will call at:

  • Bangor
  • Llandudno Junction
  • Chester
  • Wrexham General
  • Shrewsbury
  • Hereford
  • Newport

Gerald will arrive into Cardiff Central at 10:41. The train will return making the same stops on Sunday evening.

If you would like to buy tickets, please visit the Arriva Trains Wales website, the link can be found at the bottom of this article.

What did the officials say?

Tom Joyner, Managing Director for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to put on an extra train down to Cardiff for the sales. We hope this will be a real benefit to our customers in North Wales and those in Cheshire, Shropshire, and Herefordshire too. While Christmas may be over, this is a great excuse to treat yourself to a weekend in the capital, so whether you’re shopping, catching up with friends and family or just relaxing, it’s well worth taking advantage of.”

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