Cardiff Council's cabinet member for business has defended the city's multi million plans for the future of the capital. Russell Goodway said that the plans unveilled today would put Cardiff in a position that when the economy recovers would mean that the city can "take advantage of that growth."
The councillor said that "smart cities invest in infrastructure, invest in the training and skills of their populations so when businesses start to decide where they are going to locate they will go to those locations where there is an infrastructure that will support the development."
Cardiff Council say that building a tram linking Cardiff Bay and the city centre "remains a priority." In the green paper published today, the council say that Light Rail Transit system would "encourage development and enable the expansion of the city centre southwards."
If built, it would follow a similar route to the current rail link to Cardiff Bay.
The paper also says that completing the Cardiff Bay link road to the east of the capital "remains a priority" to avoid people driving through the city.
A new Indoor Arena is also included in the plans along with new public open spaces.
It also suggests 6,000 new homes between Cardiff Bay and the city centre.