Swansea’s main bus station will re-open to passengers this weekend after months of closure.
Based within Swansea Quadrant, it has been closed to the travelling public since the lockdown began and bus passengers have since picked up limited services in Caer Street.
Swansea Council said it had been working in recent weeks to prepare the site for passengers, making a number of changes to ensure passengers were safe when waiting for their bus.
It said the facility would now re-open on Sunday, July 12, and operate seven days a week with all bus and coach services running from there.
To ensure social distancing is maintained, buses can only use every other bus bay. This will result in larger waiting areas within the bus station to help keep passengers safe.
Cabinet member for environment enhancement and infrastructure management, Mark Thomas, said: “Public transport is an essential service for many people living and working in Swansea and the bus station in the city centre is key to it operating efficiently.
“Our priority for the re-opening is to ensure passengers are safe. This has meant introducing some changes to the physical layout of the bus station such as reducing some of the seating on the concourse.
“Some services will depart from different bays compared to the ones they departed from prior to the lockdown and we will have staff on site who can provide advice and help passengers find their bus easily.
“We’ve also taken the opportunity to carrying out a deep-clean of the site during the lockdown period and we will have additional cleaning services in place so that passengers can feel reassured about hygiene issues linked to coronavirus.”
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Interim managing director for First Buses Cymru, Jane Reakes-Davies, added: “We are really pleased to see the Swansea city centre bus station re-opening this weekend.
“During the lockdown our services have been running from St Mary’s Church and Caer Street, but all routes will now return to the bus station from Sunday, July 12.
“Social distancing measures will be in place in the bus station and they continue whilst on board First Cymru buses.
“We are still operating a two metre social distancing rule on board to ensure the safety of our passengers and drivers. Whilst this does reduce our capacity you can now track how many seats, including the wheelchair space, are available on our buses by downloading our First Bus app.”