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Cardiff transport hub plans revealed

Words: Laura Edgar

The City of Cardiff Council has announced the preferred architect to plan a transport hub in the city.

Foster and Partners has been recommended to the City of Cardiff Council’s cabinet as the preferred company to design the scheme after winning a competition initiated by the council and Rightacres Property Ltd.

The company has designed a masterplan that features a new bus interchange to link commuters to bus, train, bicycle and taxi networks in Central Square.

Gerard Evendon, senior executive partner at Foster and Partners, said: “We are committed to delivering a bus station that provides the best passenger experience to the city’s residents, commuters and visitors.”

Council leader Phil Bale explained that the bus station would be designed around an enclosed public concourse featuring a large waiting area.

Protected walkways would provide the public with access to Cardiff central train station, a cycle hub, retail facilities and food outlets.

Bale said: “We need the public to engage with us as the detailed design of the bus interchange continues to be developed. This is why we are providing public engagement events throughout July. Feedback will be collected at these events and fed back to the project team so views can be considered as the detailed design work continues.”

Ramesh Patel, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said the technical specification of the design would “ensure that travel by bus becomes more efficient and attractive to residents, commuters and visitors.”

The council wants to get 50 per cent of people in Cardiff using public transport, and this project would play “a major part in making that happen”, said Patel.

The bus station will close in August until December 2017.