Merthyr Tydfil’s new £12million bus station will be the first in Wales to allow for the charging of electric vehicles.
With no gas or other fossil fuel supplies, its heating and hot water will be provided through green renewable sources.
The council says its eventual aim is to make all buses using the depot electrified, with charging stations for electric taxis ready for use now.
In the running for a 2021 Constructing Excellence in Wales Sustainability Award, the station also has a rainwater harvesting tank for its public toilets.
The station was funded by Welsh Government, and more than 95% of the supply chain businesses used in construction were based within 25 miles of the site.
Councillor Lisa Mytton, leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council said: “We are thrilled with the building and know that our residents and visitors will be too. It’s located closer to the town’s railway station with the aim of creating a new transport interchange hub facility and link-up with the South Wales Metro. With its striking roof design and sustainable design approach, this is truly a 21st century transport interchange, providing a catalyst for future redevelopment of the town centre.”
Project manager, Ross Williams, said: “The bus interchange has been an intensely challenging and equally rewarding project, generating many firsts and new innovations that we are very pleased will now be put to great use.”
Councillor, Huw David, chair of the Cardiff Capital Regional Transport Authority (CCRTA), said: “I’m so pleased that the authority has been able to play a key role in the development and delivery of such an outstanding new facility for Merthyr Tydfil as part of the county borough council’s wider Metro Plus aspiration to create a first class bus, rail and active travel regional interchange hub.”