Work on bus interchange starts
30 January 2019
Work to introduce a dedicated transport interchange in a mid Powys town have started with the demolition of a former garage, the county council has said.
Powys County Council has started work for the new transport interchange on Station Crescent in Llandrindod Wells which has seen the former garage being demolished by contractors.
The new interchange will provide a central hub connecting bus and train facilities in a single location and will include a cycle shelter and bus shelters.
The demolition works, which needed Network Rail approval as the building is next to the railway line, took place on the morning of Sunday, January 28 when there were no trains running and the adjacent car park was empty.
Cllr Aled Davies, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "The former garage is right next to the railway line so any demolition works needed the approval of Network Rail.
"Given the high risk nature of the demolition, the requirements of Network Rail and to minimise the inconvenience to motorists and members of the public, it was decided to carry out these works on a Sunday. If either the car park had been full or trains were running, this work would not be able to take place."
The demolition work is now complete but the contractors will remain on site until the end of the week salvaging the materials and clearing the site.
The main interchange construction work is due to start next Monday (February 4) with site clearance and drainage works taking place before the area is surfaced for a secure staff car park for Powys Teaching Health Board staff, moving from its existing location next to the railway station.
Once the car park has been moved, work on the interchange and other active travel elements will start.
Once developed, the interchange will offer a greatly enhanced and safer designated bus terminus for the regular bus services which visit the town. It will also ease congestion around the town's railway station, where the north and south bound buses currently meet.
Thanks to Welsh Government funding, the council purchased land on Station Crescent, which was occupied by the former garage, as part of its plans to establish a bus interchange in the town. Both the council and the health board have worked closely on this plan to improve the infrastructure for public transport users living and visiting Llandrindod Wells.
"The interchange will give a huge boost to the town as it will allow people and businesses to travel safely to their destination," said Cllr Davies.
"The collaboration shown in this process between Powys Teaching Health Board and the council highlights the successes that can be achieved, that the town and visitors will benefit from."
Hayley Thomas, Director of Planning and Performance with Powys Teaching Health Board said: "This will be a vital step forward for travel and transport in Llandrindod Wells, made possible through partnership working between the council and the health board. As well as providing a vital transport interchange for the town, it will help us to continue to improve access and parking for patients, visitors and staff using Llandrindod Wells Memorial Hospital."