The temporary road closure that normally operates on Greyfriars Road on Friday and Saturday nights is to be extended over the Christmas period as part of efforts to keep festive revellers safe in the city centre.
Greyfriars Road will be closed on a number of extra dates as part of Operation Mistletoe – a joint initiative between the police, Cardiff Council and other organisations to cope with the city’s busiest periods over Christmas and New Year.
In addition to the current arrangement where Greyfriars Road closes between 8pm and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, the street will also be closed between these times from:
- Wednesday December 12 to Saturday December 15
- Monday December 17 to Sunday December 23
- Wednesday December 26 to Saturday December 29
- And on Monday December 31.
On these days, Greyfriars Place and Crockherbtown Lane will be staffed from 4pm to stop people parking on these roads, although access to off-street parking will be allowed.
Access to Greyfriars Road from Park Place will be closed off from 8pm, and from 11pm the street will be closed with access to buses, taxis, and residents only from Kingsway.
Cardiff Bus said the closure would only affect its BayCar service after 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, when it will depart from the Megabus stop in The Friary instead. All other services will be able to continue as normal, except those the stop opposite the New Theatre. This stop will not be in operation from 8pm Thursday to Saturday.
Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for transport, Councillor Ralph Cook, said: “With hundreds-of-thousands of people expected to descend upon the city centre in the coming weeks to celebrate the Christmas festivities, we are extending our usual temporary road closure arrangements on Greyfriars Road and the surrounding areas to accommodate the efficient running of taxis and ensure pedestrian safety over this notoriously busy period.
“The temporary road closures are being put in place to support a wide range of measures being implemented by the council and its partners as part Operation Mistletoe, a Christmas campaign to ensure Cardiff remains safe, clean and enjoyable during the festive season.”
Coun Cook added that the local authority had consulted those who would be affected by the extended closures about any disruption they might cause, including local businesses and residents.
He said: “We have carried out a range of consultation and engagement activities with the local community to help mitigate any disruption these changes may cause, including conducting face-to face meetings and, where this is not possible, providing information via letter-drops.”
Operation Mistletoe, which launched last Friday, also includes extra policing to target anti-social behaviour, sensible drinking messages, and temporary urinals placed at key city centre locations.
There will also be extra litter bins, an extension of the street pastors scheme, extra taxi marshals and an emergency triage service during the busiest weekends over the next month.