Countdown to construction work on Quadrant Interchange begins
THE COUNTDOWN has started for construction work on the multi million pound plans to create one of Wales' premier public transport interchanges.
Swansea Council has placed an advert seeking expressions of interest from contractors for the main construction contract to create a city centre transport hub on the site of the city's Quadrant bus station.
The previous tender process for the contract was held more than two years ago and following discussions with Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and the Welsh Assembly a new tender process is under way to ensure European auditors are fully satisfied with the process.
The Council hopes to award the contract in May 2009, with work starting on site soon after. The project will take around 15 months to complete.
This means the Council is maintaining its pledge to the public and businesses that the bus station site will be out of operation for just one Christmas period.
During the works a network of temporary bus stops will be located across the city centre to provide quick and easy access for shoppers, visitors and workers.
Enabling works are already under way to pave the way for the main contract.
Chris Holley, Leader of Swansea Council, said, "Swansea can expect to see a brand new public transport interchange up and running by the autumn of 2010 which will be in time for the traditional Christmas shopping period, that year.
"The new interchange will provide a modern gateway to our city and be a major step forward in regenerating the city centre. This is great news for businesses, shoppers and visitors.
"The construction phase will help to support jobs in the construction industry at a time when the sector is struggling because of the economic downturn."
During the coming months the Council will work closely with bus operators and city centre businesses to plan the detailed roll-out of works in order to minimise disruption to shoppers and visitors.
John Hague, the Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said, "Everyone agrees the new interchange is needed and understands it will cause some disruption. The Council is determined to keep the inconvenience to a minimum.
"We will be working closely with city centre businesses and bus operators to ensure shoppers, workers and visitors continue to have quick and easy access to the city centre during the works on the bus station site."
The Council is currently working with WEFO and Welsh Assembly to ensure the funding package already agreed is aligned to the programme of works.
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