Cardiff City Council unveils vision for £1bn transportation plan
July 09, 2019 – Cardiff City Council leader Councillor Huw Thomas has called for a new £1bn transportation plan, including a light rail/tram network connecting major population centres and new suburbs in west to Cardiff Central, to cut congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital.
According to Thomas, urgent investment is needed to prevent the city from coming to a grinding halt, and partner agencies should come together to change the way people move in and around the city.
The new rail/tram line will include a new station at Rover Way/Newport Road, via the docks, Lloyd George Avenue and the City Line to the northwest of Cardiff and into Rhondda Cynon Taff.
With direct, frequent tram connections to Cardiff Central interchange, the network will help transform the bay and regenerate the link between the city centre, Bute Town and the bay by creating an urban park.
It will improve rail connections and transport access across parts of Cardiff that suffer economic challenges and also help in developing business across the route into Rhondda Cyon Taff.
The network can directly help in linking major new housing sites in north-west Cardiff with the rest of Cardiff and support in managing congestion.
Thomas said: “Cardiff’s transport network needs to change. It was originally designed for a city with a population of 200,000, but today our population is closer to 400,000 and there are another 80,000 commuters travelling into the city by car every day.
“It’s clear to everyone that this situation is unsustainable. We have a network which is already creaking. It only takes one road to go down in the city for delays to ensue. We also have some of the highest levels of NO2 in Wales.
“That is why I am setting out a vision today for a greener, more sustainable city a vision which could transform the way people move around our city by 2030. It is a plan for the future of Cardiff and it affects everyone who lives here and travels here to work.”
The project will integrate the network with key metro stations, schools and other primary destinations. It will make active travel the mode of choice for accessing the Metro by offering routes for cyclists and pedestrians within an 800m radius of Metro stations and increasing station bike parking.
Part of the plan involves creation of child-friendly streets where children can access safe, healthy routes to schools, parks and sporting facilities. This will make neighbourhoods ‘active travel zones’, giving walking and cycling a greater priority over cars and offering attractive routes for local active journeys.
This is expected to make streets around schools safer by restricting vehicular access at drop off / pick up times enforced by using static-cameras.