Plans for Cardiff’s long-awaited bus station have been changed again.
The capital has been without a station since 2015 and the multi-million dollar project has suffered long delays.
Several different plans for a transportation interchange have been proposed and scrapped over the past six years, but work finally began in December.
Now the plans have been changed once again.
The developers, Rightacres, have submitted a planning request to expand the above offices, remove a business unit, and expand the office reception.
The request to Cardiff Council is to add two floors of office space on the south side of the bus station. The additional 3,700 m² are “in order to meet the requirements of the preferred future office occupant”.
More bicycle parking spaces and ultra-low emission vehicle parking spaces are also included.
The developers also want to remove a retail unit for more space in the bus station.
Plans are recommended for moving forward, but a number of groups have objected.
To advise. Keith Parry, the Cardiff Civic Society, the Cardiff Cycling Campaign and the Cardiff and Vale Bus-Users Group are all in opposition on a variety of grounds, including how the extra height will cause strong winds to the area.
The planning request states that detailed wind tunnel tests and details of measures to help the wind for the western edge and southwest corner of the building will have to be submitted within six months of obtaining clearance.
In the second half of 2022, developer Rightacres will hand over the building to Transport for Wales. There will then be a six to nine month fit-out to make it ready for passenger use from spring 2023.
The Welsh government has spent £ 15million to buy land for the bus station and will pay £ 15million to fit out the building.
The funding for the bus station is part of a larger redevelopment of the entire Cardiff Central public transport interchange.
The Cardiff Council Planning Committee is due to meet on Wednesday March 18.