Plans to introduce a dedicated transport interchange in a mid Powys town have moved a step closer after the county council submitted a planning application.
Powys County Council has submitted a planning application for the new transport interchange on Station Crescent in Llandrindod Wells.
The new interchange will provide a central hub connecting bus and train facilities in a single location and will include a cycle shelter and bus shelters.
If developed, the interchange will offer a greatly enhanced and safer designated bus terminus for the regular bus services which visit the town. It will also ease congestion around the town’s railway station, where the north and south bound buses currently meet.
As part of the plans, a former car garage will be demolished to provide dedicated secure staff parking for Powys Teaching Health Board staff, which would move from its current location next to the railway station.
Thanks to Welsh Government funding, the council purchased land on Station Crescent, which was occupied by a local garage, as part of its plans to establish a bus interchange in the town. Both the council and the health board have worked closely on this plan to transform outcomes for Llandrindod Wells.
Cllr Aled Davies, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “I’m delighted that we have submitted these plans and have moved a step closer to introducing a transport interchange for Llandrindod Wells.
“If the plans are approved, the interchange will give a huge boost to the town as it will allow people and businesses to travel safely to their destination.
“The collaboration shown in this process between Powys Teaching Health Board and the council highlights the successes that can be achieved, that the town and visitors will benefit from.”
Hayley Thomas, Director of Planning and Performance with Powys Teaching Health Board said: “This will be a vital step forward for travel and transport in Llandrindod Wells, made possible through partnership working between the council and the health board. As well as providing a vital transport interchange for the town, it will help us to continue to improve access and parking for patients, visitors and staff using Llandrindod Wells Memorial Hospital.”