Last month I blogged about the exciting plans for the regeneration of Central Square following the announcement that BBC Cymru Wales will be relocating their headquarters to the site of the existing bus station, which is due to be relocated by June 2015. As part of future work to transform this quarter in the city centre, the City of Cardiff Council is committed to working with our partners to deliver a world class gateway into the city that will include a new bus interchange.
We are now seeking the views of residents, commuters, businesses and visitors on the location of the new bus interchange next to Cardiff Central train station, which will be located either to the north or south of the station.
A public consultation survey was launched online on Friday 8th August and can be found at:
Paper copies of the survey will be available on local buses, at the bus station, in libraries and in hubs later this month, as well as in the Capital Times newspaper from early September. Public consultation will also be taking place at Cardiff Central station in order to engage directly with public transport users from Cardiff and across the city-region.
The 8-week consultation period is due to end on Friday 3rd October and I would urge everyone to have their say and fill out the survey so that they can play their part in shaping the future of this important new facility. Following the end of the consultation period, a decision on the preferred location, specification and preferred funding approach for the new bus interchange is expected to be made by the Council’s Cabinet in December.
As Council Leader in the City of Cardiff, I want to pass on my congratulations to all of the Team Wales participants at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and, in particular, those sportsmen and women from Cardiff, such as Geraint Thomas MBE from Birchgrove who won a memorable gold medal for Wales in the men’s cycling road race. Overall, Team Wales won a record total of 36 medals exceeding their pre-Games medal target of 27 medals.
I’m sure that the people of Cardiff will turn out in force to congratulate them when they attend the national celebration event to be held at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 10th September, which will be hosted jointly by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, and the National Assembly for Wales’ Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM.
The City of Cardiff Council is continuing to explore with the Welsh Government and Sport Wales the potential benefits and costs to Wales of bidding for a future Commonwealth Games. I am due to visit Glasgow in October to meet the Leader of Glasgow City Council, to discuss the regeneration of the city and the hosting of major events, including learning from their experiences of bidding for and staging the 2014 Games. It will take some time to evaluate the Glasgow experience and therefore a final decision is not expected any time soon but I’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Finally, this week Cardiff welcomes another major international sporting occasion to the city with the UEFA Super Cup Final between Real Madrid and Sevilla being held at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 12th August. It’s a great opportunity for football fans to see three of the five most expensive players in the world playing right here in Cardiff and also to welcome Gareth Bale back home to the city, this time in the famous white shirt of the European Champions, Real Madrid. I extend a very warm Cardiff welcome to all the Spanish football fans that will be travelling to our city for this important match.