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10m bus station revamp to begin

Graphic of new bus station
Work on the new central bus station is expected to take 15 months

Work will start in the summer on a £10m central bus station in Swansea.

The existing building - dubbed one of the ugliest in the city - will close on 14 June to pave the way for the new development.

Adjoining the Quadrant shopping centre, the city council is promising it will have 20 bus bays, three coach stands and modern passenger facilities.

Services will operate from temporary stations in the city for the 15 months it is expected it will take to build.

Six companies are currently bidding for the redevelopment contract and the council expects to appoint a contractor in May.

Quadrant bus station in Swansea
It will mean the removal of one of Swansea's least attractive buildings
Tony McNiff, First Cymru

Work is expected to start on site during the summer.

For the following 15 months each bus service will have a single dedicated bus stop in the city centre.

Swansea council said it was working with bus operators and city centre businesses to manage the changes and potential disruption.

It said details would be made widely available during the coming weeks.

Council leader Chris Holley said: "We all recognise our existing bus station is in desperate need of modernisation.

"Swansea deserves a modern and welcoming bus station which provides passengers with high quality facilities and creates a good impression for visitors.

"The existing bus station has to close so that we can go ahead with such a major redevelopment. A huge amount of work has gone into ensuring we can provide bus services during the closure of the bus station."

Graphic of new bus station
Contractors will be appointed next month

Tony McNiff, managing director of bus operator First Cymru, said the company was pleased the new station would finally be built.

"It will mean the removal of one of Swansea's least attractive buildings and provide the city with a high quality public transport hub," he said.

"Clearly, while the work goes ahead there will be some temporary changes to bus services.

"Bearing in mind the widespread view that the new bus station is a much-needed facility, I am sure that our customers will bear with us until we are able to transfer local bus services back to a central point."

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