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Plans for £180m hub for Cardiff station revealed

Plans for a new £180m Metro Central transport hub around Cardiff Central station have been unveiled.

Artist impressions of the south side of Cardiff Central Station. Credit: Cardiff Capital Region

The project encompasses a new Central bus station, the modernisation of Cardiff Central train station, and delivery of a range of other transport infrastructure such as a new coach station, a cycle hub and public realm improvements.

The aim is to improve the capacity of the Central Interchange to accommodate increased frequency of services delivered through the South Wales Metro investment, and to provide an infrastructure for jobs growth through accelerating investment in Cardiff’s Core Employment Zone.

It would need eWelsh and UK government funding, as well as the private sector to add to £40m from the city deal.

Anyone who travels into and through Cardiff is very aware of the desperate need for improvements to the transport infrastructure, and the anticipated rapid growth of the capital city means this project is absolutely critical.

I think it is important to stress that this a project which will benefit all of the region, particularly if we are to see the introduction of a new 15-minute service between the Valleys main lines and Cardiff under the South Wales Metro plans.

85% of Cardiff’s recent job growth arises from an increase in net commuting into the city from adjacent communities, and it is critical this continued growth is supported with the appropriate infrastructure.

– Cllr Andrew Morgan, Chair of the CCR Cabinet, and Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Credit: Cardiff Capital Region

Cardiff is expected to grow faster than any other UK Core City over the next 20 years in terms of population according to Welsh Government and National Statistics projections, with population growth of more than 20 per cent between 2017 and 2037.

This expansion is expected to create greater economic opportunities, and will also require job creation to support the growing population.

There is a compelling and urgent need to make sure that Cardiff Central can accommodate predicted growth in passenger numbers, especially given the role that the Metro will play in spreading the benefits of the City Deal.

It is also crucial that we make sure that Wales can compete as a business location and capture mobile investment.

This development represents a vital step towards creating Wales’ first truly internationally competitive business hub, focussed around the nation’s main transport interchange and creating jobs for the whole region.

– Huw Thomas, Cardiff Council Leader