£1billion “Cardiff Crossrail” proposed

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Cardiff Council has unveiled proposals for wide-ranging improvements to public transport and active travel in order to cut air pollution and encourage people to use their cars less often.

At the heart of the proposals is an east-west tram-train line running from Creigau to a proposed Cardiff Parkway station near St Mellons (via Cardiff Bay). It’s also proposed to turn the City Line into a circular route and introduce a number of bus rapid transit services covering the city centre, as well as the northeastern and western suburbs.

A number of “cycle superhighways” have already been announced by the council, with the first stretches currently under construction.

The proposals are estimated to cost up to £1billion in total, but no funding has been allocated.

Council Leader, Cllr. Huw Thomas said: “This might well be our last opportunity to get transport right for Cardiff. We have consistently argued that the city’s future prosperity relies on effective transport infrastructure, with seamless access to the UK’s motorway network, and free-flowing routes into, and around the city.”