Plans to 'safely re-open' Cardiff after lockdown revealed

Plans have been unveiled to make Cardiff "one of the UK's safest cities" when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Cardiff Council have published plans for when the city "re-opens"; including one-way walking systems, information points and designated queuing spaces for shops.

The leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas said the plans show "how life can resume and how Cardiff can prosper despite Covid-19."

He also revealed proposals for Cardiff Castle's grounds to be opened up to create a public square for local businesses.

Credit: Cardiff Council

I’m determined that when lockdown restrictions are lifted, our city will reopen in a way that is safe for everyone; in a way that does everything it can to safeguard thousands of jobs; and in a way which is both welcoming and confident about the future of Cardiff.

Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council

The council hopes the plans will help them "safely re-open" the capital, support businesses to start trading again and help re-establish footfall in a way that complies with social distancing.

Also included are transport plans which could see Cardiff put into what the council calls "event mode."

This would mean road closures similar to those put in place during major rugby internationals at the Principality Stadium.

There would also be improved walking and cycling infrastructure to encourage people to consider active travel methods into the city.

The council are planning pop-up cycle lanes to encourage people to leave their cars at home.

It is essential that we do what we can to enable people to continue to cycle and walk as lockdown restrictions ease. There is a chance for us all now to see first-hand how a greener and a safer Cardiff could look. Capacity on public transport will be limited for some time, and we think a lot of people will continue to work from home, which should reduce car numbers into the city. What we don’t want to see is congestion and pollution levels building again. Especially with the measures we will have to introduce widening pavements to ensure social distancing rules can be followed.

Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport