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Frustrated by city bus station changes; Views of Wales.

SIR - We were in Cardiff Central on the second leg of our journey to go on holiday (we had already travelled by train from Ebbw Vale).

There was time to relax before we caught the National Express to London so we visited a local hostelry and enjoyed some breakfast.

I did notice boarding surrounding the area of the bus station but thought it localised. Of course, later when we tried to find our way past it, it was to no avail. We couldn't understand it. So we made for the National Express office to find it closed. A notice on the window told us to make for a nearby travel agent.

This we did to find more people who were also distressed to find the bus station not only closed but moved to Sophia Gardens.

We checked our tickets, purchased in June 2015, which read: Cardiff Central Bus Station. There was no mention of anything else. There was little time left now so we had to take a taxi and managed to get to the new bus station on time.

Had we caught a later bus, the girl at the agency pointed out, there would have been a charge. We were dismayed to say the least. Cardiff bus station next to the rail station was in a perfect spot to expedite travel for us and I surmise many others.

Two weeks later on our return we were told that the new building being erected (in a prime spot) is funded by your BBC licence fee and mine. It is a bad show all round.

Are the BBC empire building? They are quite huge now with travel, history and gardening magazines.

This giant of public service broadcasting is beaming language that should never be broadcast (in my opinion) into family homes all over the country, almost every night.

I am mindful of all the problems encroaching on this country of ours but maintain it is better to solve the small things and then perhaps the large problems will follow.

What about Cardiff council? Is this bus station ongoing or a temporary measure? What is going on? I write from the upper reaches of Blaenau Gwent. Cardiff is our capital city. I beg to be informed.

Howard Robinson Ebbw Vale

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Travel narrative
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 16, 2015
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