Opening date for Cardiff's long-awaited bus station finally confirmed

An official opening date has been confirmed for Cardiff's new bus station
-Credit: (Image: WalesOnline/ Rob Browne)

An official opening date has been confirmed for Cardiff's new bus station after years of waiting. The first services will call at the interchange from Sunday, June 30.

The date has been pushed back several times, leaving the city without a bus station for nearly nine years. Previously it was set to open in 2021, 2022, spring 2023, late 2023 and spring 2024.

In recent weeks the station has been fitted out with Transport for Wales signage and TfW have now confirmed details around its official opening and published the list of services which will eventually use it. The building's doors will open from Thursday, June 27 for the public to look around and speak with TfW staff ahead of the first services calling on the Sunday. For the latest Cardiff news, sign up to our newsletter here.

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The operational plan for the station, which has cost around £100m, has also been published and says it will be used by two Stagecoach services, 20 Cardiff Bus services and the Cardiff Bus/Newport Bus 30 and X30 service. But not all these buses will use the interchange on day one when it opens, with some to amend their routes to include it later on.

There will be 14 bays in the interchange with most serving either one or two bus routes. Currently the following buses are eventually set to use the bus station:

  • 124 to Maerdy (Stagecoach)

  • 122 to Tonypandy (Stagecoach)

  • 30 and X30 to Newport (Cardiff Bus / Newport Bus)

  • 6 to Cardiff Bay (Cardiff Bus)

  • 13 to Drope (Cardiff Bus)

  • 136 to Pentyrch & Creigiau (Cardiff Bus)

  • 21 and 23 to Rhiwbina, Whitchurch and Pantmawr (Cardiff Bus)

  • 24 and 25 to Llandaff & Whitchurch (Cardiff Bus)

  • 27, 28 and 29 to to Llanishen and Thornhill (Cardiff Bus)

  • 35 to Gabalfa (Cardiff Bus)

  • 61 to Pentrebane (Cardiff Bus)

  • 62 and 63 to Rhydlafar, Radyr and Morganstown (Cardiff Bus)

  • 92, 93 and 94 to Penarth and Barry (Cardiff Bus)

  • 95 and 96 to Barry (Cardiff Bus)

  • 305 to Dinas Powys (Cardiff Bus)

There will also be four retail units and public toilets in the station. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.

Signage has been going up at the bus station in recent weeks -Credit:WalesOnline/ Rob Browne
Signage has been going up at the bus station in recent weeks -Credit:WalesOnline/ Rob Browne

Marie Daly, chief customer and culture officer at TfW said: "We’re pleased to be opening the new bus interchange next month and look forward to welcoming customers on June 27, 28 and 29 to see the new facilities and learn about the new bus services. Further updates on the bus services that will run from the new facility will be confirmed soon."

The station forms part of a building also containing 100,000sq ft of office space and the 318 apartments in Wood Street House. Transport for Wales will be responsible for the bus station part of the building when it opens, with individual bus operators responsible for adding it to their routes.

Coaches will continue with their current arrangements with National Express stopping at Sophia Gardens and other operators at different points in the city.