In a bold move, one of their biggest decisions since coming to office, the Labour administration has actioned plans to do over the area at the front of Cardiff bus station, on Wood Street.
I’ve received details from Grangetown councillor Ashley Govier which include works to remove the awful purple hoardings and “contractor area” which has blighted any rail and bus users entrance to Cardiff since the terminal building was demolished in mid-2009.
Works will start tomorrow, Saturday 23rd June to remove the boards and turn the area into one big paved piazza. I don’t expect it to be piazza-ish, but anything is better than what is there right now.
To make sure that the city is looking its very best, with particular focus on the surrounding area of the stadium, resurfacing and improvement works will begin from this weekend 23rd June 2012. The results of the works will provide a more attractive and pedestrian friendly area for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy.
The release goes on to say that the taxi rank, an area that I have long been complaining about, outside Central Station will be “improved”. At the moment this taxi rank is a hazard to the public, I personally have almost been hit by cars or taxis while walking on the pavement there on more than one occasion. I have seen up to 24 taxis waiting at this stand, which has only 6 allocated taxi waiting spots, so any improvement will be greatly received by everyone who uses Cardiff Central Station.
In addition, works are due to start on Monday 25th June to improve taxi rank facilities outside Cardiff Central Station, which will ease the level of congestion and obstruction. These improvements will certainly help make the area safer for both pedestrians and taxi drivers, especially ahead of the Olympics Games, where the visitor figures for the city are expected to increase.