Delivering a world class bus interchange for Cardiff

I am delighted to be able to share the news with you that world-renowned architecture firm Foster & Partners, responsible for iconic buildings such as the Gherkin in London and the Reichstag parliament in Berlin, have been chosen as the preferred architect for the new bus interchange.

This will complement their existing work on the Masterplan for Central Square and a new gateway into Cardiff, as well as their design of the new BBC HQ. It will also be designed to allow for the future development to cater for the projected increase in passengers as the city grows.

In order to deliver our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city we need a new,  world class transport interchange in the heart of Cardiff city centre – linking travellers to train, bus, bicycle and taxi networks – as well as providing a much better  first impression when visitors arrive  in the city by train.

 

As you will see the design is simply breath-taking and will lead to a bus interchange and new gateway into Cardiff that we can all be proud of – one any European capital would be rightly proud to have.

We now need the public to play a role in developing the design– and there will be many opportunities to do so at public engagement events throughout July. These views will help inform the detailed design planning – so please have your say by talking to us at our information caravan on the following dates:

  • Saturday 4th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – outside the front entrance to Cardiff Central railway station
  • Sunday 5th July until Friday 10th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – at stand A at Cardiff Bus station
  • Saturday 11th July until Friday 17th July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – at the top of Churchill Way (outside the Capitol Centre)
  • Saturday 18th July to Friday 24th July , 8:30am to 5:30pm – at the Hayes
  • Saturday 25th July to Friday 31st July, 8:30am to 5:30pm – opposite Cardiff Central Train Station

The Cardiff Triathlon

This weekend, more than 1,300 athletes are expected to arrive in Cardiff Bay for the city’s first ever Triathlon.

A Triathlon involves competing in a combination of swimming, cycling and running races. With an ‘Olympic’ and ‘Sprint’ distance available, the Cardiff Triathlon is suitable for mixed abilities. Both races will kick-off with a 750m or 1,500m swim in Cardiff Bay, a 40km or 80km cycle through the Vale of Glamorgan and finishing off with a 5km or 10km run back to the finish line at Cardiff Bay Barrage.

 

It is another excellent example of the many exciting opportunities and events that exist for people to enjoy in Cardiff. I’m told that there will be plenty on offer for spectators too, including; a big screen and live commentary, music and a range activities appealing to all ages.

To find out more about the event and for information on road closures please visit the Cardiff Triathlon website. Good luck to all those taking part!

Diolch,

Phil