Swansea traders are all aboard timely opening of £10m bus station
SWANSEA'S new city centre bus station opened its doors today — without its loos.
Passengers needing a bathroom break were being told they would have to use a portable toilet instead.
Despite this, the opening has been welcomed by traders, who are simply happy it has begun operating in time for Christmas.
Alan Wallace, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager said he was delighted with the opening.
He said: "Traders really don't mind that the opening is being done in a phased way.
"The important thing is that people have access to bus services before Christmas, and that's happened, so I'm delighted."
The first phase of the multi-million pound transport hub will also be a sight to be welcomed by the thousands of people who for more than a year have been without a central bus station.
Instead they have had to use stops dotted around the city.
The bus station closed last summer for work on the £10 million transformation to begin. It was part paid for via a £4.9 million grant from the Welsh European Funding Office.
People visiting the facility today will see 20 bus bays, three coach stands, a modern passenger waiting area and an information desk.
When completed, it will also feature Shopmobility facilities as well as Changing Places toilet facilities for visitors with mobility problems.
Three retail units are also under development and will be opening in the new year.
John Hague, Swansea Council's cabinet member for the environment said the new bus station would be something everyone in the city could be proud of. He said: "Swansea now has a passenger transport terminal that can compete with the best the UK has to offer.
"I'm really thrilled we have been able to pull out all the stops to get this wonderful facility open in time for the Christmas period.
"There is still some work to be completed, and this will be done during the next few months, but the important thing is that the bus station is open and passengers can catch their bus from there."