Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station highlights the future of public transport in Wales

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station - Vaughan Sound

Vaughan Sound has supplied and installed public address and induction loop systems at the new £12m Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station.

Image: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Constructed by Morgan Sindall on the site of the former police station in Swan Street, the state-of-the-art transport interchange facility is closer to the town’s railway station than its predecessor.

This prestigious public building project forms a key part of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s goal to create a first-class bus, rail and active travel regional interchange hub.

It is the first station in Wales to include onsite electric vehicle charging, with charging stations in place for electric taxis and plans to switch all buses using the facility from diesel.

Heating and hot water are supplied via renewable energy sources, while the public toilets are served by a rainwater harvesting tank in this sustainable 21st century building.

Appointed by electrical contractor, Highadmit Projects, Vaughan Sound was tasked with designing, supplying and installing a zoned public address system to cover the main concourse, independent café, toilets, as well as a public desk for South Wales Police, who have a base at the site.

A TOA VM-2240 system management amplifier was selected and paired with a RM-200M paging microphone to allow clear, intelligible general-purpose broadcasts across each area.

Sleek PE-304BU pendant speakers are distributed throughout Merthyr Bus Station’s concourse, while discrete recessed ceiling loudspeakers were utilised for the other smaller, enclosed zones.

The main concourse benefits from a Univox PLS-X5 induction loop system for the hard of hearing, fitted in a ‘figure of eight’ pattern under the floor.

Vaughan Sound provided an induction loop software profiling service during the design phase, detailing the loop pattern and predictive coverage prior to contractor and client sign off.

Four CLS-1 compact counter loop systems complete with boundary microphones were installed too, with a further three portable systems supplied to provide flexible use throughout the station as and when required.

All systems were commissioned and certified in accordance with IEC 60118-4, the current international standard and system performance requirements for audio frequency induction loop systems (AFILS) for hearing aid purposes.

The project was heavily funded by the Welsh Government to complement the significant investment in the Core Valley Lines Rail Network.

The new Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station – Wales’ third busiest – now serves as the latest focal point in a major redevelopment plan for the future of the town centre.

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