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Major Cardiff office district and rail station gathers momentum

Words: Roger Milne
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An outline planning application for the Cardiff Parkway project at St Mellons, with a new station and initially about 84,000 square metres of commercial floor space, is expected to be submitted to the city council next spring.

According to reports on the Wales Online website, entrepreneur Nigel Roberts, who is behind the scheme, plans to market the proposals as a “new city centre location” for Cardiff – benefiting from turn-up-and-go rail services to and from the centre of the capital, with journey times of less than 10 minutes.

Roberts and his son Andrew are being backed by financial services giant Investec and the Welsh Government, which has taken a 10 per cent equity stake in the project.

It is being delivered through holding company South Wales Infrastructure Ltd.

The new station will be located on the existing South Wales to London Great Western Mainline that runs through the 65-hectare site.

The city council has already allocated the location as commercial growth point in its local development plan. The new station, which would also use existing relief lines, is aiming to secure 12 train services an hour (24 in and out), including two to London and four to Bristol Temple Meads.

Roberts is quoted as saying: “We will not be building some soulless place in the middle of a field, but providing new road infrastructure, a new train station, public realm and hundreds of thousands of square metres of new office space, with bars and restaurants too. It will also benefit from all the ancillary infrastructure like GP and dental surgeries, a gym and crèche facilities.”

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