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18.07.14

Network Rail exploring Cardiff Central redevelopment options

Network Rail is exploring options to deliver a major redevelopment at Cardiff Central station during its next five-year funding period, which starts in 2019.

The plans could see an extension to the Grade II listed building to create a bigger, better and brighter station. It would also be the biggest transformation at the station since it was built in the 1850s.

A major upgrade to the signalling technology in the Cardiff area is already underway and work has also started to electrify the line from Swansea to London. These programmes will help future-proof the railway by enabling faster, more frequent trains across the South Wales network.

But with passenger numbers forecast to grow significantly over the next decade and beyond, the station also needs to respond to the rising demand. Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail in Wales, said: “The station area is a prime location for commercial development, as the BBC Wales headquarter announcement shows, and we are really excited by the site and the opportunities it will unlock to redevelop the station.

“This is a unique opportunity to create a new station environment that is a fitting entrance to the capital city of Wales. We're pleased to be working with the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and industry partners, including Arriva Trains Wales, to enhance the city and the quality of transport in the region.”

The remit for the initial design work has been to integrate the historic elements of the station into a new, modern building that better reflects passenger needs. The plans will also provide a bright, spacious concourse with improved connectivity to platforms as well as enhanced retail opportunities and additional places to eat and drink.

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Comments

Y Cymro   24/07/2014 at 19:22

How awful!! Truly shocking to propose hiding a wonderful, listed, Art Déco building with that hideous glass and wood structure. CADW must not allow it to proceed in this form. Furthermore, Cardiff Central (General) is one of the better transport interchanges in Great Britain, with the city's major bus station directly outside the railway station. This proposal would appear to destroy that with trees and a public square outside (although it's hard to tell in this picture).

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