Merthyr Tydfil sustainable bus interchange completed
The new interchange, built with Welsh Government funding and part of the drive for all public transport to be electric by 2028, has been designed with sustainability as the primary focus.
The two-storey building features a zinc roof designed to resemble the iconic Cyfarthfa ironworks in celebration of the town’s heritage.
With 11 internal ground floor stands, including one for use by coaches, providing the public with easy access to vehicles. The flat or ramped floors make the space entirely accessible for disabled users. There is also a modern public concourse where seating has been installed, a kiosk, café as well as public toilets, with natural lighting provided by the buildings large glass front.
The second floor provides mess facilities and office space for the main operator, Stagecoach in South Wales.
Plants and shrubs create a green space for services users with granite benches creating a breakout area. There are a further three stands outside and four electrical charging points for taxis.
The work was completed by Morgan Sindall Construction who predominantly used local a supply chain, with 94% of spending placed with businesses in Wales and 18 local people given the opportunity to work on the new interchange as new entrants to the construction industry.
The main building was handed over to the council in May, but the construction company continue to work on the bus apron and electric vehicle charging infrastructure for taxis and buses which is scheduled to be handed over in June.