Incompetence over city bus station plan.
I READ in the Western Mail on July 30 that the new Cardiff bus station will be ready in 2023 - a mere 10 years after the closure of the old one.
I was amazed to read that the Welsh Assembly Government is to spend a total of PS30m on the project. What happened to the money received for the land occupied by the previous bus station which was presumable owned by Cardiff council? The new bus station will have 14 bays, with further bays promised for construction at a later date and on a site the other side of the railway station.
When these will be in use is anybody's guess.
In the meantime there will be 14 bays where the old bus station had 34.
Cardiff Bus has more than 30 routes which visit the city centre.
On top of that there are many routes run by other operators. Presumably when the houses on Llantrisant Road are built and occupied there will be more buses.
How 14 bays are supposed to serve all of these beggars belief. Undoubtedly there will be many buses that do not stop in the bus station making changing buses or changing between bus and train more difficult than was the case with the old bus station.
I fail to understand how this will encourage people out of their cars.
At the moment it is difficult to decide whether Cardiff Council or Westminster is the more incompetent.
Alan Rumble Cardiff