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Cardiff secures £50m from Levelling Up fund for the first phase of Cardiff Crossrail


The first phase of Cardiff Crossrail - which will run from Cardiff Central to Cardiff Bay Train Station is set to be delivered - now that funding has been secured by Cardiff Council from both the UK and Welsh Governments.


The £50m Levelling Up Fund bid submitted by Cardiff Council has been approved by the UK Government, Welsh Government is match funding the project with a further £50m.


The funding will deliver a new rapid transport link from Cardiff Central to Cardiff Bay, via Callaghan Square, providing a vital transport link to support the development of the Callaghan Square, Bute Street, Lloyd George Avenue and the Atlantic Wharf masterplan.


The investment will act as a catalyst for the wider Crossrail scheme that aims to ultimately link with the proposed Cardiff Parkway Station in St Mellons, in Cardiff east, unlocking opportunities for a number of new stations in the east of the city.


Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Huw Thomas, said "The announcement of this funding package is a ringing endorsement of our plans to regenerate Cardiff Bay and Atlantic Wharf. This new route will finally see Butetown properly connected to the city centre via Cardiff Central. It will not only serve visitors to the Bay and to the new Cardiff Arena, but it will also begin to make real the Council's ambitions for a Crossrail tram service which will run from the north west of the city all the way to the east of the city connecting with the proposed Parkway station. We look forward to working with UK Government and Welsh Government - which is match-funding the Levelling Up contribution - to deliver the scheme at pace."


  • A regular tram service from Cardiff Central to a new platform at Cardiff Bay train station.
  • Two new platforms at Cardiff Central Train Station
  • Public realm improvements around the existing and new train platforms
  • A new highway layout which allows safe transition for the public to use between road, rail, cycling and walking.


The first phase of the development will also extend to Pierhead Street and include the development of a new Transport Hub, linking in with the Atlantic Wharf masterplan.


Cllr Dan De'Ath, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: "This is excellent news, as this funding will deliver the first phase of the Crossrail to provide an invaluable tram service connecting Cardiff Central with Cardiff Bay.


"Once the first phase is delivered, this route can easily be extended to the east or south, including the HMS Cambria site, providing a new reliable and affordable transport route for the public to use."

A spokesperson for Transport for Wales said: “We're pleased to continue working with our partners, including Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government, on plans that will contribute to the wider collaborative vision for Cardiff.

“Improvements to public transport play an important role in the development of the city and region.”

Cllr Huw Thomas added: "The Council has set out ambitious plans on how we are investing in Cardiff Bay with the delivery of a new 15,000-seater indoor arena and the Atlantic Wharf Masterplan, which earmarks new housing, office space, hotels and 50,000 sq. m of retail, leisure and cultural space.


"In Cardiff Bay, there are 200 hectares of unused brownfield land for development, but when the Crossrail is extended, this land will start to be unlocked, allowing further investment and growth to take place in both Cardiff Bay and Cardiff East.


"The Crossrail has been a long-held ambition for some time, to provide a cross city tram service that is affordable and reliable for the public to use, and connecting some of Cardiff's poorest communities to the rail network for the first time.


"The first phase will significantly improve public transport from the city centre to Cardiff Bay, providing further capacity for residents and visitors to access the wide range of attractions that Cardiff has to offer."