Even when the numbers were smaller there was always an issue at Abergavenny with too many people with too much stuff trying to cram onto the Newport train. As festival numbers have increased the situation has got even worse. This is not helped by an hour's gap in the timetable between 11 and 12 and the number of carriages being only 2 or 3. This Monday was HORRENDOUS not helped by the 10.58 being delayed by bout 20 minutes too.
I was really lucky. As an old gimmer I now have a stick (great for navigating slippery mud on the slopes btw). There was also a family with a 9 month old going onto Bristol so the baby could have hole in the heart repaired the following day. The security and rail guards were superb. We couldn't get on the delayed 10.58 but they made sure me and the family were on the next one.
I can't see the situation improving even with staggered leaving times and staggered shuttle bus arrivals. There were 200 people on the platform for most of the morning.
Is this something the festival organisers should be taking up with Transport for Wales? I am assuming that they pay for the extra staffing at the station anyway? The festival happens every year so isn't there scope for adedicated train or two on the Monday or at least a couple of extra carriages? I want to travel green to Green Man and as there are no coaches running from my town anymore the train is the only option.