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02/08/2019

Cardiff bus station development agreement secured

Words: Roger Milne
New bus interchange for Cardiff / Shutterstock_716864656

The Welsh Government has reached an agreement with Legal & General and developer Rightacres Property to build a new bus interchange for Cardiff, the final – and much delayed – major element of a £400 million regeneration scheme.

This project, the largest privately-funded development in Wales, also includes 318 build-to-rent flats and 9,290 square metres of office space.

The bus interchange is the first phase of a wider redevelopment of the whole Cardiff Central public transport interchange, a key part of the capital’s emerging plan for a Cardiff-wide Metro system.

The bus interchange will benefit from a further £15 million of government funding for fit-out works, on top of the £15 million the administration paid to acquire the underlying land.

The bus interchange, to be operated by Transport for Wales, will have bays for 14 buses and coaches on the north side of Cardiff Central railway station, and there are plans for future developments to the south, which will see the creation of an additional four bays within the Cardiff Central station complex.

Announcing the deal, economy and transport minister Ken Skates said: “Bus, rail and active travel are core components of our bold ambitions for the Metro. This 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.”

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