Road closures in Cardiff city centre have been put in place to ensure public safety as lockdown restrictions begin to lift in the capital and non-essential shops open their doors to the public.
Castle Street and Mill Lane were closed to all traffic by from 12 Noon on Sunday 21 June until further notice.
Cardiff Council said the Castle Street closure will enable the building of a covered, outdoor seating area on Castle Street and in the Castle moat. This area is being designed for local restaurant and cafés to use. It will help them reopen their businesses and serve customers they would otherwise lose because of social distancing requirements on their premises.
Restrictions will be put in place on Lower St Mary Street, Westgate Street and Wood Street. While buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed access, private vehicles will only be allowed access to car parks and for deliveries.
Residents living on these streets will be able to access their property. Businesses will be able receive deliveries between 12 midnight and 10am.
A new pop-up cycleway has been put in place from Cathedral Road/Cowbridge Road junction, over Canton Bridge, along Castle Street, Duke Street and up to the North Road-Boulevard De Nantes junction. Additional cycle parking will also be made available in the city centre for the public to use and Park & Stride opportunities are also being explored.
Park & ride
Pentwyn Park & Ride will be operational on Monday 22 June , with a bus service (restricted in capacity due to social distancing restrictions) from 7am - 7pm.
Cardiff City Football Stadium, Leckwith, Park & Ride will also operate 7am - 7pm from 22 June.
County Hall Cardiff Bay will operate a park and walk/Baycar service from 22 June, 7am - 7pm.
Access by car
All routes into the city centre for motorists will be open as usual, with access available from the M4 corridor via Junction 30, 32 and 33. Those visiting Cardiff are advised to familiarise themselves with the restrictions to through-traffic in the city centre before they travel.
Due to the closure of Castle Street and Mill Lane, additional taxi ranks are being provided for the trade on either side of the closure point on Castle Street, by the Angel Hotel as well as a new rank at the bottom of Kingsway. Cardiff Council will continue to consult with the taxi trade while the new areas bed in.
All private city centre car parks and on-street parking will be available for the public to use, but at a reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements. All motorists arriving into the city centre will be guided to the closest available parking via digital signs.
Bus companies will have to modify some routes into the city centre due to the closure of Castle Street. People wishing to travel by bus are asked to visit the relevant bus operator's website for more information about a specific bus route.
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