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16.01.18

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

Cardiff Central station could be involved in major redevelopment work as plans to redevelop the city’s transport hub are set to be agreed.

The deal was agreed in principle today by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – a group responsible for devolution plans in the Welsh capital.

It is expected to cost £180m in total, with £40m coming from CCR City Deal funding and the rest sought from the UK Government, Welsh Government, and the private sector.

Known as Metro Central, the project aims to bring together a new central bus station, and a modernised Cardiff central, as well as offering a new coach station, a cycle hub and general improvements in the area.

The aim of the upgrade is to increase the capacity of the current transport hub to accommodate any new services brought about through South Wales Metro investment and to promote growth.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, chair of the CCR Cabinet, said his organisation was “delighted” to offer support to what he called a “transformational project.”

“Anyone who travels into and through Cardiff is very aware of the desperate need for improvements to the transport infrastructure, and the anticipated rapid growth of the capital city means this project is absolutely critical,” he explained.

“I think it is important to stress that this a project which will benefit all of the region, particularly if we are to see the introduction of a new 15-minute service between the Valleys main lines and Cardiff under the South Wales Metro plans.

“85% of Cardiff’s recent job growth arises from an increase in net commuting into the city from adjacent communities, and it is critical this continued growth is supported with the appropriate infrastructure.”

Cardiff Central was expanded recently, with the development of an eighth platform at the station completed towards the end of 2016.

However, the Welsh capital is expected to grow quickly in the coming years – in part due to increased transport availability – causing local leaders to look at ways to ease congestion on rail services.

This is the second major funding commitment to come from the CCR City Deal since its conception in March last year.

Top image: Benjamin Wright PA Archive

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Comments

Huguenot   16/01/2018 at 10:48

For a start, they could do with integrating Platform 0 with the rest of the station. This was provided on the cheap and to change platforms to or from Platform 0 you have to go through the ticket barrier gateline.

Jimbo   16/01/2018 at 13:54

Really hoping the picture on this article is of the bus/coach side of the transport hub - it would be a disaster to replace the current classic frontage of the station with generic glass & steel.

Jimbo   16/01/2018 at 17:26

ah and now the picture has changed to the current railway station, rather than a mockup

Simon   16/01/2018 at 19:02

They said the new project involves rebuilding the front station concourse, so that they could make platform 0 long enough for 10-car IETs.

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