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Multi-million pound regeneration boost for Cardiff street

Tudor Street. Credit: Cardiff Council

Cardiff’s Tudor Street is set to benefit from a multi-million pound regeneration programme designed to create an attractive and vibrant shopping area for the local communityand visitors to the Riverside area.

Phase one of the development, which starts on site next month, will see £1m invested in commercial premises which have signed up to take part in the Tudor Street building improvement scheme.

Further funding of approximately £3m has been earmarked for work in early 2021 which will enablea large transformation of the whole street environment.

Consultation on the 2021 project is about to commence and the scheme aims to deliver:

  • New two-way, segregated cycle lane from Wood StreetBridge to the junction with Clare Street
  • A new bus island opposite Plantagenet Street, facilitating bus travel into Central Square and the wider city centre
  • New green infrastructure, specifically trees and the planting of rain gardens, promoting opportunities for biodiversity and improved air quality;
  • A pleasant and welcoming public environment, enhancing the Gateway into South Riverside from the city centre, with prioritised pedestrian movement through wider pavements and improved pedestrian crossings
  • Enhanced access to the Taff trail through realigning the existing ramp and steps at the junction with Tudor Street and
  • An improved street environment with new paving, street furniture and lighting.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “I am so pleased that we have successfully secured over £2.5m of Welsh Government regeneration funding along with our own Council funding to invest in this shopping centre. Now, more than ever, we are seeing the benefits of local shopping for local people and these projects demonstrate the commitment we have to securing the future of these important community shopping centres.”

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cllr Caro Wild, said: “This work is part of a series of plans we have for neighbourhood areas which we are launching across the city. We want to create environments that residents and visitors can enjoy, places where you can walk and cycle and take time out to shop and enjoy the different districts Cardiff has to offer. Importantly, we’re also taking the opportunity to increase nature in areas that have very little green space.”

Funding for the £1m scheme has been secured by the Council from a regionalproject part-funded by Welsh Government, through its Transforming Towns programme. New shop fronts and external building improvements will form part of the project which aims to help transform the shopping area into an attractive and vibrant place to visit.

The Council is also to match-fund around £1.6m from Welsh Government for the £3m, 2021 improvements, which were secured via the Transforming Towns Funding for Green Infrastructure and Regeneration.