Major announcement made about Cardiff bus station

A picture showing the bus bays in Cardiff bus station from above
A picture showing the bus bays in Cardiff bus station from above -Credit:Nick Nick

Cardiff's long-awaited bus station will be opened in the "coming weeks", the Welsh Government's transport minister has said. Ken Skates also confirmed that the keys have been handed to Transport for Wales.

Mr Skates, who was answering questions in the Senedd, told Cardiff Central MS Jenny Rathbone: "The bus station will definitely be open by the summer recess." The Senedd's summer recess break starts on July 22.

Mr Skates said the latest delay was getting the station signed off by planning officials. "There have been delays – the member is absolutely right. The latest one concerns the sign-off of the building. It was difficult to find the local authority officials with the appropriate skills and expertise, but we have managed to find them from Caerphilly, so we're very grateful to that local authority and the station keys, effectively, were handed over to Transport for Wales on Monday.

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"They'll be now meeting with various stakeholder groups to ensure that everybody's concerns around accessibility are taken on board and that if there are any last-minute tweaks that need to be made they will be. But I can share that information today that the bus station will be opened in the coming weeks."

Cardiff North MS Julie Morgan brought up accessibility concerns about the new bus station saying the British Deaf Association were not consulted over the design and Guide Dogs Cymru have concerns regarding a lack of a central help point meaning blind or partially-sighted will have to locate roving ambassadors to get assistance. Mr Skates said there was work to be done on accessibility. "The Cardiff bus interchange will fully comply with requirements set out in the Equality Act 2010," he said.

Bus operators have been spotted using the new facility and say they are testing the facility. For the latest politics news in Wales sign up to our newsletter here.

The city's bus station closed in Cardiff in 2015 and Cardiff council gave planning permission for the new one in November 2018. The design has had to be changed and the opening date pushed back. When the council approved the scheme they said they hoped it would be up and running up 2021 but that changed to 2022. Then it was announced the curved multi-storey building – which is comprised of 14 bus bays as well as 100,000sq ft of office space, retail units, and 318 apartments - would open in stages beginning in spring 2023. The names of retailers who will be in the premises remains unknown.