Transport group investigates new Cardiff to Penarth bus route across barrage

March 27, 2013 5 Comments »
The proposed bus route could take passengers to Penarth across the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

The proposed bus route could take passengers to Penarth across the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Forget being stuck in traffic snarl-ups during rush hour – a proposed new bus route could offer some of the most spectacular views in South Wales.

A study has been launched into whether travel times could be slashed between Cardiff city centre and Penarth – by operating a bus service across the Cardiff Bay barrage.

The South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA), an alliance of local councils, is carrying out the £15,000 feasibility study, which will report back in the summer.

The bus could potentially operate from Cardiff central station into the Bay, before passing the Porth Teigr development and Associated British Ports (ABP) docks.

On crossing the barrage, it is envisaged the bus could pass Penarth marina and continue into the town centre. However, the route has yet to be defined.

Cardiff’s transport boss said he was “very keen” on the idea and he hoped the barrage bus could ease the heavy traffic congestion between the Bay and Penarth.

Councillor Ralph Cook said: “We have major congestion on that side of the city coming in from the Vale and if we had a bus route available I think that would really assist lots of people in that area.

“It would reduce the congestion and be a very fast route in terms of getting into the city.”

Asked whether residents would really want to share the barrage, one of the region’s most popular walking routes, with a bus, he replied: “I think it would be welcomed.

“But yes, it would probably change the nature of people’s experience down there and that’s part of the whole issue.

“That’s why I would like to explore whether this is the right way forward and is the balance between enjoying the Bay as a resource for leisure and tourism disturbed by providing this kind of bus service? Of course the other thing is, will these be diesel buses or some kind of electric bus?

“If it was a bus that looked liked a tram and was virtually silent that would change the nature of the whole beast.”

A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: “The study will be an investigation of the feasibility of providing a bus route across the barrage between Penarth and Cardiff Bay/city centre.

“We will be working with SEWTA and the Vale of Glamorgan council on the project over the next few months.”

Vale of Glamorgan council yesterday failed to respond to requests for a comment.

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5 Comments

  1. Chrispy March 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Councillor Cook – I for one WOULD NOT WELCOME sharing the barrage with buses!

  2. Cael Sendell-Price March 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I for one think it is a fantastic idea, not only would this Increase the connection between the two counties it would also free up the overcrowded train links.

  3. Paul March 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    What happens when the Lock gates are open for boats to pass through the barrage?

  4. s joseph March 30, 2013 at 11:02 am - Reply

    why not look at using it as a "toll bridge" for say 2 hours one way mornings (7-9) /the other way evenings(4.30-6.30)

  5. Boz March 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Great Idea
    Let's Hope It Goes Ahead
    It Will Make senseAnd What A beautiful Route To Observe For Tourists & Passangers

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