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Detailed designs released for new bus and rail ‘interchange’ station

22 Nov 2023 3 minute read
Artist impression of the new Caerphilly Station interchange. Credit Grimshaw Architects

Nicholas Thomas, local democracy reporter

Detailed designs for a new bus and rail “interchange” station have been unveiled following a public consultation.

Caerphilly’s current bus and railway station buildings will be demolished to make way for a modern replacement.

Passengers arriving at the new-look Caerphilly station will be “seamlessly” connected to the public transport network via “efficient and effortless journeys”, according to the plans.

Following the consultation, Caerphilly County Borough Council is now seeking planning permission for the new “integrated and accessible” transport hub linking rail, bus, and taxi services, as well as walking and cycling routes.

Investment 

It hopes the new station, alongside wider investment in the region’s public transport network and other local projects within the council’s 2035 Masterplan, will bring “new opportunities and prosperity to the town”.

According to a design statement submitted by Grimshaw Architects on behalf of the council, the current stations “lack a clear identity” and are “neither intuitive nor accessible”.

Several issues with the current buildings “strengthen” the case for their demolition and replacement, the report noted.

They include supporting girders in a “very poor” condition, as well as problems with damp and leaks in the station buildings.

Artist impression of the new Caerphilly Station interchange. Credit Grimshaw Architects

Redeveloping the station offers “a rare opportunity in time to address the deteriorating condition of these existing structures”, whereas keeping the old buildings could lead to “significant disruption” in the future if they had to be replaced or repaired.

The new station will boast a “striking” roof canopy with “green” sections for plant life, and its designers have “taken inspiration from the tiered concentric defences” of Caerphilly Castle.

Ticket office

The main entrance of the new station – at the north – will include public toilets, retail units and a ticket office.

The project will build on the recommendations of Lord Terry Burns, who led the recent South East Wales Transport Commission tasked with improving the region’s travel network.

In the commission’s final recommendations, Lord Burns said: “As a general rule, all stations should be designed for swift and simple interchange between rail, bus, cycling and walking.”

“This will greatly increase the population that can be served by each station,” he added. “The facilities and transport services necessary for swift and simple interchange include high levels of secure and convenient cycle parking and – wherever possible – a ‘cheek to cheek’ interface between bus and train.”

The proposed new bus station at the Caerphilly interchange will include an extended twelfth bus stand for rail replacement services.

Its design will address “the poor customer experience, pinch points and congestion associated with the existing bus station”, according to the plans.

Each bus stand will feature “signage with large numbers and bay-specific departure screens”, making getting on the wrong bus by mistake “a thing of the past”.

The application for planning permission for the new interchange can be viewed on the Caerphilly County Borough Council website under reference 23/0771/FULL.


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Geoffrey Harris
Geoffrey Harris
6 months ago

I frequently visit Caerffili railway and bus station which are alongside each other. The railway is a pleasure,it’s spotlessly clean and the staff are polite and friendly. The bus station is filthy, papers and cigarettes end litter the floor dispite the “no smoking” signs everywhere. Staff are non existent.
Leave it alone, at least we have one to be proud of.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

Modernise and upgrade the place, not all of us are happy to live or use places in ” filthy” condition.

No to 20mph
No to 20mph
6 months ago

Senedd wasting yet more tax payers money on vanity projects I see.
Fix the roads.
Fund the NHS.
End homelessness among WELSH people.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago
Reply to  No to 20mph

A “vanity project ” is something like the failed attempt to build the” garden bridge” in London, or the ” underwater roundabout” in the sea close to the I.O.M. This is upgrading our infrastructure and modernising it. There is a difference. This will benefit the people of Cymru.

OneForAll
OneForAll
6 months ago
Reply to  No to 20mph

Stick to WOL

R Jones
R Jones
6 months ago

Typical angular unsympathetic ” supermarket ” architecture. Wish Wales would do better -more greenery and curved lines.

MattJ
MattJ
6 months ago

All this talk of weakened girders and leaking roofs seems to me to be shorthand for “let’s just knock it all down”. Caerphilly Council seem to be stricken with a demolish it attitude at the moment.

I can’t help think that in 30 years we’ll be looking back at pictures of old Caerphilly station and shaking our heads in disbelief that they knocked it down rather than incorporate it into the new design. Much the same way we look at pictures of Queen Street station now.

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