...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Cardiff’s New Bus Station Near Completion, But No Opening Date Set Yet
Cardiff’s new bus station, which has been eagerly anticipated since 2015, is currently being completed, with the building taking shape in the city centre’s Central Square.
The original opening date was set for 2023, with the first phase intended to begin in spring, but an exact opening date has yet to be confirmed.
The building is an eight-storey structure with a 14-bay station, 318 for-rent apartments, two floors of office space, and a retail unit.
The bus station’s southern entrance is being constructed, and the car park inside the building will remain closed for another year.
Transport for Wales recently acquired the site from Cardiff council, and they have promised to announce an opening date soon.
While no official opening date has been set, the building’s exterior facade is nearly complete.
Cardiff’s original bus station opened in 1954 and was demolished in 2008 to make way for new developments.
In December 2010, plans for a major redevelopment of the site were announced, which were later stalled.
The Welsh Government purchased the land for the new bus station for £15m, and they will pay an additional £15m to complete the building’s fit-out.
Office Space in the Interchange
According to Business Live, the original office element of the interchange scheme was intended to provide 90,000 sq ft of new grade A space.
However, due to strong tenant interest, an additional two floors were added to the eight-story office scheme, which will provide an extra 30,000 sq ft of space.
Future of the Bus Station
Residents and businesses alike are excited to see the new bus station finally taking shape, and they are hopeful for its opening date to be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Cardiff council has continued to explore different plans for a transport interchange, and the new bus station will be a valuable addition to the city’s infrastructure.