A wide-ranging public consultation exercise will start shortly giving two options for a new integrated transport hub in the centre of Cardiff – needed as a replacement for the bus station which will close next summer when work starts on a new headquarters for BBC Wales.
The two options are on the site of the current Marland House and the NCP car park north of the train station and the car park site south of the station which is owned by Network Rail.
Cardiff council leader Phil Bale said the new transport interchange would support efforts at attracting businesses and jobs into the Capital Square development, as well as providing a stimulus for the wider development of the capital’s enterprise zone
If it's to the south of the station then it could integrate with the new southern entrance to the train station that's being built.
What's the consensus on where would we want to see the new bus station go? I always thought it would look better and cause less disruption if located on the Marland House/NCP site but if the bus station can be fully integrated into the train station if it's located south of Cardiff Central then that surely should be chosen, especially if a metro spur to Cardiff Bay is included.
To be fair Swansea's bus station is fairly decent for its purpose abd isn't there a new one in Newport now? Or is that planned? I'm never that impressed by bus stations anywhere in Europe, although something like at Greenwich North would be great in Carduff, although I doubt we could even achieve that.
Surely they are employing specialists for it's planning and construction, so the process of asking a few peoples opinions probably isn't that useful. It needs to be linked to the future tram/metro system, so which ever is best for that would make sense?
It could still be a viable link if the second tunnel in the train station with lift access to the platforms was reconfigured as a through-route. The ticket gates could be located in the lift door recesses instead of either end of the tunnel. I think there would still be space for wheel chairs/prams/luggage etc, although it is not ideal.
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