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New £12m bus station for Merthyr Tydfil revealed

A new £12m bus station for Merthyr Tydfil has been unveiled.

Work on the project, close to the town’s existing train station, was carried out by Morgan Sindall Construction of behalf of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Funding for the scheme came from the Welsh Government and procured through the £1bn South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) Framework.

The two-storey, steel-framed main building extends to just over 11,000 sq ft. Its zinc roof has been designed to resemble the nearby iconic Cyfarthfa ironworks – which closed in 1928 – in celebration of the towns’ heritage.

On the ground floor are 11 internal stands, including one that can accommodate coaches There is also a kiosk and café, as well as public toilets. The second floor features mess facilities and office space for the bus operator, Stagecoach.

Whilst the main building was handed over to the council in early May, Morgan Sindall Construction continued to work on the bus apron and electric vehicle charging infrastructure for taxis and buses. The first bus sevices using the station, at what will be the third busiest in Wales, started this week.

Rob Williams, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are really pleased to have handed over the new build for Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council. The new bus interchange represents a significant upgrade to the town’s transport infrastructure, and will help to drive forward the Welsh government’s ambition for all public transport to be electric by 2028.

“That nearly 95% of project spend was placed with Welsh businesses is testament to both the council’s and our commitment to ensure that this project boosts the Merthyr Tydfil’s local economy. The new station pays homage to the town’s heritage and will be an important asset for the local community.”

Council leader Lisa Mytton said: “We are thrilled with the building and know that our residents and visitors will be too. It looks absolutely fantastic and will provide a modern, clean and impressive welcome to people arriving in the town centre.

“It’s located closer to the town’s railway station with the aim of creating a new transport interchange hub facility and link-up with the South Wales Metro. With its striking roof design and sustainable design approach, this is truly a 21st century transport interchange, providing a catalyst for future redevelopment of the town centre.

“The council is very grateful for Welsh Government’s funding of the project to complement its significant investment in the Core Valley Lines rail network. We must also say a big thanks to main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction for completing it to the highest standards and within the timescale in such difficult circumstances.”

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