Cardiff West Assembly Member Mark Drakeford has raised concerns about the Cardiff Railway and Cardiff Central Bus Station area at the National Assembly today  (Wednesday, 21 March).  He is worried that visitors arriving by public transport in Cardiff for the first time will have a poor impression of the Capital City as the area is now so run down and dilapidated.

In a question to Business Enterprise and Technology Minister Edwina Hart he said a huge number of visitors to Cardiff gain their first impression of the City, and of Wales, by arriving either at the Central Railway station or the central bus station. He condemned Cardiff Council for allowing the dereliction and decline of the area to continue .

Mr Drakeford said: “This weekend’s Grand Slam victory shows that Wales is world class on the rugby pitch but fans visiting us for the RBS 6-Nations tournament must have had a sorry first impression if they arrived here by train or bus arriving in our scruffy, run-down rail or bus station.  It is very worrying that the Council’s  scheme for improving the area has stalled as one of the developers appears to have backed out.

“A world Capital needs to create a vibrant, attractive and welcoming first impression for visitors instead of the scruffy,  run-down and forbidding image this area presents.  I hope that the new Council elected in May will have the competence and creativity to make the most of the opportunity the Welsh Government is providing  for the creation of a Central Business District for this strategically vital part of the City Centre.”