City bus station honoured by Gower Society
Swansea's multi million pound city bus station has been recognised for helping to support Gower as a key tourism destination
Swansea city bus station
The landmark transport development has been presented with a prestigious award by the Gower Society at the Annual General Meeting.
The awards recognise the efforts and development which helps to keep Gower special as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Ruth Ridge, Honorary Secretary for Gower Society, said: "While many of our awards are in the peninsula, and often for restoration work, it is really good to see modern buildings enhancing Swansea and Gower. For many travellers, the bus station is the gateway to the Gower peninsula.
"The new bus station combines a very practical need with an elegant solution. It is part of the Quadrant Centre, rather than just an add-on and invites you into the shopping area. From the outside, its design links in one wide sweep the Marina area to the Grand Theatre and provides a unifying theme to the centre of the city."
Reena Owen, Director for the Environment in Swansea Council said: "I'm pleased that the Gower Society has recognised the city bus station for providing a modern gateway to the city, including Gower.
"One of the main objectives for Gower as an AONB is to develop a sustainable transport infrastructure. The bus station is essential in achieving that.
"The Council was keen to develop a modern bus station for the 21st century. We're delighted that the design was also recognised for the way in which it benefits and enhances the city centre."
Swansea City Bus Station was officially opened in June 2011. The facility has since received widespread praise including a UK bus users organisation.
Margaret Everson of Bus Users UK, a nationwide group set up to give bus passengers a voice.
She said: "Swansea City Bus Station has lived up to the expectation of bus users. It is situated in the heart of the city where many users want to go to get to work or for leisure and retail facilities.
"Safety and security is catered for with a dedicated team of bus rangers and security staff who can answer questions and by their very presence day and night provide reassurance.
"Swansea City bus station is an excellent illustration of what can be achieved and an example for other authorities to aspire to."
The bus station redevelopment received significant funding from the Welsh Government and the Wales European Funding Office.