A new kind of timetable

Fishguard Trains today presents a new kind of timetable, live online and continually updated day and night.

The timetable appears here on the right, and also on every page of the website.  It is an electronic board for Fishguard and Goodwick, listing every departure (and arrival) at the new station, and much more besides.

Beneath the clock you’ll see the whole week’s departures, with today’s services highlighted. Trains going east to Swansea, Cardiff and England are on yellow background, and westbound arrivals and boat trains for travellers to Ireland are naturally in green.

Whatever the time, the next two trains due to leave Fishguard and Goodwick stand out with white times on black background. To make sure you don’t miss your train, the time changes to red in the last ten minutes before departure.

That’s not all. Click on any departure, and you get more information – where it goes, the main connections you can make, notes on connection times (and warnings about occasional long waits), fast trains that bypass Swansea and so on.

In this detailed view, direct destinations are in Bold, destinations that require a change in Roman, and stations that trains have come from are in Italic.

Think of it as the Departure Board on the platform at Fishguard and Goodwick brought to your own computer or mobile. We hope you’ll find it useful.

One thing the timetable does not present is delays and cancellations. For that you still need Arriva’s Live Departure information here. Though that has its odd lapses – try searching for the 23:45 from Swansea to Fishguard for example.

So to plan your next trip, and to get to Fishguard and Goodwick station in good time for the right train, we think this timetable is the one to beat. What do you think?

5 Comments

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5 Responses to A new kind of timetable

  1. Steve Taylor

    Can anyone explain to me why to travel from FGH to cheltenham costs £18.00 but to travel from FGW it costs £46.00 for what is effectively the same journey, except that the distance is marginally less. This would be for a journey a week or so in advance , booked via “thetrainline.com” It seems most strange to me . I don’t know whether the same applies to other journeys , whether staright through or involving changes.

    • Rhydgaled

      My guess is the £18 fare from FGH is an ‘Advance Single’, meaning you are permitted to travel only on the specified train. The £46 fare from FGW is probably an ‘Anytime Single’ or ‘Off Peak’ single which should still be valid if you change your mind and decide to travel on a later or earlier service on the same day.

      Also, I believe the trainline charge a booking fee. I recomend using one of the Train Operating Company websites (personally I tend to use First Great Western, but you could use any if you want).

    • Swansea Jack

      Steve, could you give details about which service you planned to use from Goodwick, plus the day of the week. When Goodwick originally reopened it was missed off the database for advance tickets, and we had issues to sort out. I was under the impression that we’d managed to iron out all the remaining problems, with Advance tickets to London termini / London Underground having finally been sorted this May when the Summer timetable started.

      I have tried to check for numerous combinations to/from both the Harbour and Goodwick to central London and to other destinations and hadn’t noticed any problems to refer back to Arriva Trains Wales recently. This could be a glitch again, or as Rhydgaled notes it could just be that all the cheaper Advance tickets from Goodwick had gone.

      Please advise date and time of the relevant train and I’ll check with Arriva that this hasn’t been caused by an underlying issue. Cheers in advance.

  2. Steve Taylor

    That was my point, there was no advance single available at FGW. Curiously the anomoly has now vanished and £14 advanced and £46 anytime tickets are now available from either station.

  3. Rhydgaled

    I’m not really in the know, but my (potentially incorrect) understanding is that Advance tickets are ‘subject to availability’ with a certain number allocated for each route/service. So, when the advance tickets from Goodwick are sold out, the ones from the harbour may be still available.

    I’ve had similar with Manchester to Aberystwyth once, the advance fare (normally available) was not available to Aberystwyth or Borth but I found it was available to Dovey Junction and bought an ordinary single for Dovey Junction to Aberystwyth.

    I think there might even be multiple tiers of Advance fares on some routes, with a small number of really cheap tickets which are replaced by more expensive Advance fares once the first tier is sold out.

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