A rapidly growing population will put pressure on the city’s physical infrastructure and public services.
Transport in the city is a top priority for citizens. Keeping Cardiff moving will not only be vitally important to the future of the city’s economy but also for tackling public health issues. The city has set itself a target of a 50:50 modal split between sustainable (cycling, walking, public transport) and non-sustainable (car) forms of transport by 2021, and a challenging 60:40 split by 2026.
41,000 new homes will need to be built and 40,000 new jobs created over the next 10 years. Investment in energy infrastructures including low carbon alternatives will be needed, with Cardiff projecting the largest increase in demand on gas (44%) and electricity (28%) of all ‘Core Cities’.
Growth will also put pressure on public services. A significant increase in the number of school age children will mean that we will need more schools and more teachers. The number of citizens over 85 years old is expected to nearly double by 2030. As older people are more likely to have long-term conditions and complex care needs, additional primary care services will be needed to meet the needs of the city’s communities.