Network Rail has announced plans for a major redevelopment of Cardiff Central station.
The railway operator said the station needs to respond to rising demand, with passenger numbers forecast to grow significantly over the next decade and beyond.
The proposals would involve an extension to the existing Grade II listed building, an expanded concourse with improved connections to platforms, plus retail space. There would also be a new multi-deck car park, commercial developments on the south side and Saunders Road car parks, and an enhanced transport interchange and public realm.
The work would take place during Network Rail’s next five-year funding period, which starts in 2019.
Last year, passengers entering and exiting Cardiff Central rose by 100,000 to 11.6 million. Additionally there were 1.5 million interchanges at the station. Network Rail research suggests commuting by rail into Cardiff could increase by up to 69% over the next decade, and demand rising by up to 145% by 2043.
Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail in Wales, said: “The station area is a prime location for commercial development. Our plans will help deliver a vastly improved experience for the tens of thousands of passengers that use the station every day.”