New pictures have revealed how quickly Cardiff Bus station is taking shape while we’ve been in lockdown.
The long-awaited hub is quickly progressing after years of setbacks, controversy and delays.
In September it was announced that the station in the capital will now be completed at the end of 2022 due to further delays.
Huge towers coming out the site can be seen quickly stretching further upwards as the builders continue to make progress despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Cardiff has been without a main bus station since 2015. Plans for the new Cardiff Interchange show 14 bays, and office space on top of the bus station.
In September a spokesperson for ISG, the construction company building the bus station, said: “We are progressing well on site, despite the clear challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and we hope to maintain this momentum through to completion.
“Planning permission has also been granted to add a further two floors to the office element of the scheme, so we now anticipate completion will be in the fourth quarter of 2022.”
Plans were changedfor the bus station in March to add two more storeys on top of the south side of the bus station.
Councillor Emma Sandrey, the Liberal Democrat lead for transport on Cardiff council, said people were growing “impatient” without a bus station and questioned how the pandemic will impact the need for offices.
She said: “We have been without the bus station for quite some time now. Another delay isn’t good, but it’s understandable because of Covid. But I think people are growing impatient. The lack of a bus station is having an impact on how buses move around the city.”
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In light of the Welsh Government’s long-term aim for 30 percent of workers in Wales to work at home or near home, Cllr Sandrey said Cardiff needs to “rethink the purposes of the city centre”.
She said: “In recent times we’ve seen a lot more offices going up. Are they actually going to be filled or do they need to be rethought? Do we need to have more of a focus on residential space in the city centre?”
After the construction is finished, the building will be handed to Transport for Wales. After a six to nine-month fit out, the bus station should then be ready for passengers to use.
The Welsh Government has spent £15m buying land for the bus station and will pay £15m to fit out the building.