South East Wales

Newport and Merthyr have £5m for bus stations revamp

Bus passengers at Merthyr Tydfil
Image caption The bus stations are hoped to increase the number of people using buses

Newport and Merthyr have been given funding to spend on their bus stations as part of wider plans for a regional metro system.

A new bus terminal is to be created in Newport to replace the one demolished to make way for the long-awaited £90m Friars Walk shopping development.

The city will get £4m to provide new facilities like real-time journey information, toilets and a footbridge.

Merthyr will get just under £800,000 as it moves its station to Swan Street.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said the cash was the first phase of funding from its £77m Cardiff Capital Region Metro project infrastructure budget.

Ms Hart said: "This investment in bus infrastructure will increase the number of people using buses therefore boosting the income of operators, which is an important part of our strategy to create a sustainable bus industry in Wales.

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