Cardiff Central bus station

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Cardiff Central bus station Bus interchange
Location
Locale Cardiff City Centre
Local authority Cardiff
Operation
Opened 1954
Managed by Cardiff Council
No. of stands 34
Operators Cardiff Bus
Stagecoach in South Wales
Veolia Transport Cymru
First Cymru
Newport Transport
Travel centre Yes
Rail connection Yes
Annual usage Not known

Cardiff Central bus station is the main bus transport interchange in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. With 34 stands, it is the largest bus station in the city and in Wales. It is located adjacent to Cardiff Central railway station forming a major bus-rail-cycle-taxi interchange.

The station used to handle the vast majority of bus and coach services that run in and through the city. Notable exceptions to this are the Megabus service (which calls at Kingsway and Cardiff University),[1] Stagecoach route 122 (which calls at Greyfriars Road)[2] and EST route 89 (which uses Customhouse Street).[3] However most city services now circle the city centre without calling at the station.

History[edit]

The terminal building from Wood Street in 2007

The site of Cardiff's bus station had previously been an area of housing and shops known as Temperance Town. However, demolition of Temperance Town commenced in 1937 after the Great Western Railway persuaded the Cardiff Corporation to improve the view from their new railway station.[4]

The Central bus station was opened in 1954.[5]

Demolition and reconstruction of the bus station began in 2008 with the terminus building being demolished. Before work began, there were 8 concourses lettered A-F and W with each concourse having numbered stands.

The bus station in 1980

Redevelopment[edit]

Demolition of the terminal building in 2008

The station is being redeveloped from 2008.[6] Demolition of the old terminal buildings (between stand A and Wood Street stands) started on 11 January 2008, when services that usually stop at the terminal buildings began to no longer serve these stops and instead pick up at Castle Street and Westgate Street. On 6 May 2008, Stand A at the bus station closed for demolition of the terminal buildings.[7]

As of 4 January 2009, some services reverted to using the bus station, whilst others remained split between the alternative terminal points and the bus station depending on day and time.[8]

The south-eastern end of the bus station

A multi-million-pound modernisation of Cardiff central bus station was announced in December 2010. Cardiff Council has devised three options, following consultation. The public were to be asked to decide on their preferences during a two-month consultation period.[9] In December 2011 the Council announced that the existing bus station would close in early 2013 and the new bus station would be built on the site of the neighbouring Wood Street NCP Car Park. The new bus station would open in Summer 2014, and provide 19 bays and have direct access to Westgate Street and St. Mary Street via Saunders Road. This would allow the bus station to remain open during Millennium Stadium events.[10] A further announcement was made in January 2012, that negotiations were underway to sell off the existing bus station land to two major companies, who would build a 12-storey headquarters on the site. Part of the proceeds from the sale would be put towards redesign and redevelopment of Central Square, which would be renamed 'Capital Square'.[11] These plans were put into doubt in May 2012 with the election of a new Labour-led council.[12]

Facilities[edit]

Eating and drinking facilities such as a Burger King, as well as other shops and bus company offices, face the stands on Central Square. Taxi ranks are located on both sides of the station.

Toilets and a newsagent were located at stand A which was demolished in summer 2008 as part of the redevelopment of the station. However, these services are available in the adjacent Cardiff Central railway station.

Services[edit]

Cardiff Bus and Stagecoach services in the bus station

There are 34 stands at the station, which are located on Central Square, off Wood Street and opposite the Millennium Stadium, in the city centre of Cardiff.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.megabus.com/uk/timetables/cardiff_london_bus.php
  2. ^ http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables/122Oct08[2].pdf
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Abandoned Communities website Abandoned Communities ..... Temperance Town (viewed 11 October 2011)
  5. ^ "A short history of cardiff". www.localhistories.org. Retrieved 2008-012-13. 
  6. ^ Madeleine Brindley. "WalesOnline - News - Wales News - Relief as bus one-way plan goes on hold". Icwales.icnetwork.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "home". cardiff bus. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2870,4048,4187&parent_directory_id=2865&id=6892
  9. ^ Alford, Abby. "Revamp for bus station coming at last - Cardiff news - CardiffOnline". WalesOnline. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Law, Peter (6 December 2011). "New bus station for Cardiff to open in 2014 at heart of new financial services district". Western Mail (Walesonline). Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Law, Peter (30 January 2012). "'Exciting Times' for Capital". South Wales Echo. pp. 4–5. 
  12. ^ Law, Peter (22 May 2012). "'Back to the drawing board' for Cardiff's Central Business District". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Miller, Claire "Irish coach service to honour city's lost 'Little Ireland' community with plaque" South Wales Echo 6 October 2011, pp. 26-27

Coordinates: 51°28′35″N 3°10′45″W / 51.47643°N 3.17905°W / 51.47643; -3.17905