A Transport Hub for Cardiff

Apr 17, 2018 | Assembly Business, Cardiff, Uncategorised | 0 comments

Plenary 17 April 2018

13:55
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Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Will the First Minister make a statement on the provision of a bus station in Cardiff city centre?

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

Yes. The new bus station will be one of the first infrastructure — [Interruption.]

The Llywydd

The Llywydd

First Minister.

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

The new bus station will be one of the first infrastructure projects operated by the Welsh Government’s subsidiary, Transport for Wales. Construction will start this year, and the project will pave the way for a fully integrated and multimodal transport hub at the core of the new metro system

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Yes, thanks for the answer. I think a transport hub is what we do need, and I think a crucial part of that will be provision of a coach station as part of the overall plans for Central Square. Do we have any guarantees that a new coach station will be part of the finalised project?

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

That will be something that will have to be examined as part of the project itself. At the moment, the coaches come into Sophia Gardens, if I remember rightly. But clearly we would want to move to a situation where the transport hub is fully integrated in terms of all forms of transport.

David Melding AM

David Melding AM

Party: Welsh Conservative Party Region: South Wales Central

I think many of us are very confused if this is the coach station, or does it include local buses as well? Because, as I understand it, the need for local transport being centred at the train station is really important, where the central station used to be, and it was part of the final scheme that the bus station would be redesigned and be part of this new, exciting project. Indeed, the architects Foster and Partners were chosen to design that last phase to incorporate a bus station for Cardiff Bus. So, what is happening? Is this part of what we’re talking about at the moment, or is this drifting into another project completely?

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

No. What we’re seeking to provide is seamless integration between trains, buses, coaches and the metro, and to provide easy access for cyclists and pedestrians. That is important. I know that the Member for Llanelli is looking at me when I say that. So the intention is to provide a hub that is as integrated as possible.

Jenny Rathbone
Labour
Cardiff Central

Thank you, Presiding Officer. Cardiff residents have been waiting over a decade for a new station and this is becoming an issue that is really making people feel very aggrieved. Last year, I was told by Rightacres that the development of the bus station would happen in January this year. Obviously, nothing yet has happened. I hear you say it’s now going to happen this year. I’m just really concerned about the constant delays and the way in which this makes people cynical about our desire to provide a bus station that is crucial to the future health and well-being of all the shopping facilities in the city centre. We absolutely do not want people arriving by car because of the air pollution problem. We had an excellent Foster design. The Welsh Government is now the leaseholder, and you’re going to be deciding on the design. What’s wrong with the Foster design? Is it not possible to go ahead with the first part of it while you’re waiting for your new tenants of the area above the bus station? But we definitely need a bus station, because people at the moment do not know where they have to get their bus, and it’s over a decade. So, I’d be grateful for any clarification of what’s going to happen.

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

I can give the Member the assurance that spades will be in the ground in June. That is the plan in order to move this forward, and completion is scheduled for the middle of 2021.