Welsh govt approves Cardiff bus station development

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jul 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Welsh government has granted approval for the development of the Cardiff bus interchange on the north side of Cardiff Central railway station.

The 500,000ft² bus station will be developed by financial giant Legal & General and Rightacres Property.

To be operated by Transport for Wales (TfW), the bus station will have bays for 14 buses and coaches. Future developments could see an additional four bays to the south of the Cardiff Central station complex.

The bus station is the first phase of redevelopment of the Cardiff Central public transport interchange. The bus interchange will benefit from an additional £15m support from the Welsh government for fit-out works, on top of the £15m which the government has already paid to acquire the underlying land.

The new bus interchange project is supported by £58m funding from the UK government, along with the City Deal partners pledging £40m and £15m from TfW Rail. This amounts to £150m from the public sector and transport providers for the new interchange.

The new interchange is claimed to be the largest privately funded development in Wales and will include not only replacing the bus station, but also 318 Build to Rent apartments and 100,000ft² of grade A office development.

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates said: “Bus, Rail and Active Travel are core components of our bold ambitions for the Metro. This Welsh Government supported investment in the Cardiff Central bus interchange will be developed alongside, and work seamlessly with, Wales’s busiest railway station to form a fully integrated passenger experience at the heart of our capital city.

“And this is only the first phase of the redevelopment of Cardiff Central. Our partners in the City Deal have set aside £40m for future developments, with our continued partnership with the private sector marrying transport, residential and work spaces and developing a new identity for this crucial entry point to Cardiff.”

On-street bus stands for local services which do not terminate at Cardiff Central and which would otherwise have their journey times extended by entering the station will also be upgraded as part of the development to have the same look and feel as the new bus station.

Rightacres CEO Paul McCarthy said: “Unlocking this development has been a complex process but we are pleased that the various stakeholders in this project are now aligned and this vitally important development can now get underway.

“Cardiff Central is the key gateway to Wales and as more businesses and people move into Cardiff city centre the transport hub will provide ever increasing economic, environmental and social value.”

Cardiff Council leader Huw Thomas said: “The building of a new bus interchange has been a number one priority for the council since day one of this administration, reflecting our commitment to delivering more and better jobs for the people of Cardiff and beyond.

“This will be the final stage of the completion of Central Square, which is the biggest regeneration project in Wales. The Council’s original masterplan for this part of the city is now a reality and we are delighted that through it, thousands of jobs are being created in the Welsh Capital.”

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Image: Welsh government approves new Cardiff bus station. Photo: Courtesy of Welsh Government.

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