Cardiff’s Castle Street will re-open to buses and taxis – but not cars

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Cardiff’s Castle Street is set to reopen to buses and taxis – but cars will still be unable to drive down it.

The street has been off limits to vehicles since the Summer – went it was first turned into a giant al-fresco dining area to help restaurants in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The seating area received a mixed reaction from businesses and residents and was dismantled back in October.

Now Cardiff Council has announced the road will reopen to buses, taxis and emergency vehicles from November 29 .

The council said: “The re-opening will help buses and taxis cross east to west and west to east more effectively during the on-going road works in the city centre.

“This temporary design will ensure that the pop-up cycleway – which will run from Leckwith Road up Newport Road to the junction with Broadway – will be retained as part of the temporary scheme.

“This will also include extending the pavement alongside the shops and bars opposite the castle into the road to give a wider walkway for people to socially distance. It will also create an opportunity for hospitality businesses to have more space outside their premises to trade.

“Under the plans, Castle Street will contain two lanes for buses and taxis to travel east and or west, and the pop-up cycle lane by the castle will remain.”



How Castle Street’s al fresco dining area looked during the summer

A public consultation on future plans for the road, which runs alongside Cardiff Castle, will now take place.

Work has also taken place on Westgate Street, to extend the pavement to give extra outside space for bars and restaurants and maintaining enough road space for buses and taxis to travel up and down Westgate Street onto Castle Street.



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The scheme is being installed at the end of November before the Christmas season begins.

Councillor Caro Wild, cabinet member for strategic planning and transport, said: “The council recognises that the closure of Castle Street has divided opinions, with strong arguments being made in favour and against the changes that have been implemented in recent months.

“Alongside a detailed modelling exercise on future traffic flows, we will undertake a comprehensive consultation exercise, involving city centre businesses, local residents, and citizens across Cardiff, to help determine the final plan for the street.”

The council added they are monitoring congestion and air quality across the city centre, and will carry out detailed modelling on any long-term plans, which will “help determine if any additional mitigations are required in neighbouring wards”.

A full list of the detailed changes to bus services can be found here.

Cardiff Bus said the changes to Castle Street will mean services 11, 28, 28A, 28B, 30, 35, 44, 45, 49, 50, 52, 57 and 58 will revert to circling the city centre as they did before the closure.



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