In consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including local businesses, service providers and community organisations, a number of options for establishing a transport interchange at Barry Docks have been explored.
The aim is to improved transport connections and support modal shift.
The strategic aims are to support to the economic development of both Barry and the wider Cardiff City region, assist those seeking to access employment, training and other services in the region, encourage greater use of sustainable transport modes and help improve air quality and reduce congestion and noise.
The Council has been using the Weltag process of appraising options and at the end of Stage 2 the preferred option was indicated as Option 2.
Option 2 – Bus/Taxi Interchange to be located south of the Station on part of Docks Offices Car Park and an additional Park & Ride Car Park, accessed from Dock View Road, to be located north of the Station platform, with Residential and possibly Commercial Uses to be located north west of station
The development anticipated under Option 2 will make a significant contribution towards the establishment of the comprehensive mobility hub at Barry Docks that is the ultimate vision of the Council.
Housing on site, on land north of the line, could include social housing provision and mean anyone taking up residency had direct access to all modes of sustainable transport for the journeys they need to undertake, negating the need for car ownership.
Commercial development will make the station environment more attractive in general, by increasing the available facilities, including the potential for further community as well as retail facilities to be provided.
Locating the bus/taxi interchange to the south of the station establishes it as a distinct facility in its own space, emphasising its role as the gateway between the station and the town.
The preferred Option 2 also offers greater support for walking and cycling (active travel) by improving routes to the station from the north, the south and the west.
By placing the focus on use of sustainable modes option 2 also offer greater capacity to achieve inclusion and equality, with those excluded more likely to be able to access these modes than they are to own or have access to a car. Increased inclusion will, in turn, lead to greater opportunities for vulnerable groups to access jobs, training and services, via the rail network. This will be particularly relevant to post-Covid recovery.