Public consultation opens on new bus lane plans

September 5, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff commuters are being asked to give their views on new bus lanes being planned along the A470 and the city’s Western Bus Corridor.

Cardiff Council said that as part of improvements to Cardiff’s bus network, it hopes to introduce bus lanes in stages along the A470. The next phase of the proposals is for a new southbound lane, heading towards the city centre between Gabalfa roundabout and Parkfield Place.

The council’s cabinet member for highways, traffic and transport, Councillor Ralph Cook, said it was hoped work to this “major artery” between the city centre and the Bay would help reduce bus journey times, improve the reliability of services, and encourage more people to use public transport.

Coun Cook said: “To achieve this goal and encourage people to leave their car at home we must ensure that the public transport we have in place meets the needs of the general public, is reliable and rapidly delivers passengers to their destinations. Time is precious to everyone and nobody wants to be waiting for buses that fail to run on time due to traffic congestion. ”

“The work proposed between the Gabalfa Roundabout and Parkfield Place will provide a bus priority lane along this busy stretch of road into the city.”

On the Western Bus Corridor, which will also be developed in phases, the council is looking for views on the next stage of the works which would see an inbound bus lane put in place on Cowbridge Road West, on the approach to Ely Roundabout and heading towards the city centre.

The local authority also wants to turn two pedestrian crossings into toucan crossings, and carry out some work to the footway on the western side of Cowbridge Road East so it can be used by both pedestrians and cyclists.

A public consultation on the plans is now open, and will run until September 20.

You can see more on the plans at the Keep Cardiff Moving website, and respond to the consultation by e-mailing infokeepingcardiffmoving@cardiff.gov.uk, telephoning 02920 873254 or writing to Core Bus Network Consultation, A470, Room 301, County Hall, Cardiff. CF10 4UW.

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