Cardiff in lockdown – stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Although the lockdown is slowly easing in Wales, Cardiff remains strangely quiet with many of its once-bustling streets remaining empty.

Here’s some photos from an (essential) trip earlier this week.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Paddington station was pretty much deserted apart from staff members and a handful of passengers.

Most of the shops and coffee outlets were closed, and there was hardly anyone on the train up to Cardiff.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

The Welsh capital continues to present a different landscape every time I return with new buildings going up all the time.

This is a view outside Cardiff Central station. I knew it as Cardiff General when I was a kid.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

That hoopy thing in the city centre.

Called ‘Alliance,’ the 25-metre-high (82 ft) sculpture was created by Paris installation artist Jean-Bernard Métais, from a concept by art critic Hervé-Armand Béchy, and consists of a large, partly enamelled, stainless steel arrow, and a hoop that glows in the dark.

Alliance’s arrow and hoop seem to balance in the air. The hoop, filled with a phosphorescent liquid, is partially submerged below the pavement, with a mechanism programmed to make it rise and fall with the Bristol Channel tides.

 

Métais describes the piece as “an organic clock” which “connects the place with the people”.  []

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Back of the St David’s Centre.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Rails to the north!

The lines to the left take Valley passengers to Radyr, Pontypridd, Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil, while the lines going straight ahead link to Coryton, Caerphilly and Rhymney.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

At Cardiff Queen Street.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Rhiwbina artwork.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff City Hall.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

The near silence of St Mary Street at night.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Social distancing circles on the castle lawn.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Deserted Queen Street.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Love this artwork above Boots on Queen Street.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

The Echo Centenary clock.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Clouds and glass.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

With Rhiwbina’s Summer Festival cancelled, a ‘scarecrow walk‘ has been set up.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Waiting for the train at Rhiwbina station on the Coryton branch. See how it looked in the 1960s here. 

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Social distancing seating.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff Queen Street station, once a grand Victorian station with glass overall roof. 

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Reflections and spikes.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

View from the platform.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Cardiff Central station.

Cardiff in lockdown - stations, street photos and night scenes, July 2020

Waiting for the train on a socially distanced bench.

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