Quadrant bus station plans move a step closer
Plans for an early 2008 start on the city's multi million pound bus station redevelopment have moved a step closer after Swansea Council announced it is spending over half a million pound to help get the project started.
Cabinet has confirmed it will allocate £595k of this year's transport grant settlement towards the much needed Quadrant Interchange. However the funding is dependent on succesful talk between the Council and WAG to secure funding via a transport grant for the next three years.
The design for the city's new bus station is already complete. However, Swansea Council needs confirmation from the Assembly of future funding for the state-of-the-art development before it can proceed any further.
Confirmation of the future funding by the Assembly would enable the Council to commence work on the multi million pound scheme in January 2008.
John Hague, Cabinet Member for the Environment said, "The Council can't start on the job until it can be sure that transport grant funding will be in place so that it can be finished as quickly as possible. That's why we've written to WAG with a proposal to see if we can make it happen by spreading the cost over three financial years.
"However, we've managed to allocate some of this years transport grant towards the scheme to enable us to start as soon as possible."
Cabinet has also agreed to award the contract, allowing work to commence on the second stage of phase 1 of the Swansea Metro. The Metro scheme involves a partnership between Swansea Council and First Cymru to introduce a new public transport service along a strategically designed route through Swansea.
Cllr Hague said, "The new Metro scheme is one of the most innovative new methods of public transport in the UK at present. We know that for people to move out of their cars and onto public transport, an efficient and attractive transport service needs to be in place.
"We believe that the Metro will help deliver this along with a new transport interchange. Hopefully this will lead to less cars on our roads in Swansea and help ease congestion as well as protecting the environment from pollution caused by cars."
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