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Industrial Action Tuesday 19th July

Newport Transport - Monday, July 18, 2016


Industrial Action Timetables - Tuesday 19th July 2016

Newport Bus would like to inform customers of the timetables that will be in operation should Industrial action go ahead on Tuesday 19th July 2016.

2A/2C Gaer - View Timetable
6A Alway - View Timetable
8A/8C Ringland - View Timetable
16 Bettws - View Timetable
19E Malpas - View Timetable
20 Spytty Retail Park - View Timetable
26A/26C St Julians - View Timetable
27/28 Caerleon - View Timetable
35/36 Duffryn - View Timetable
37 Rhiwderin - View Timetable
42E/43E Moorland Park/Spytty Park - View Timetable
60 Monmouth - View Timetable
74 Chepstow - View Timetable
X30 Cardiff - View Timetable

Demand Responsive services (DRT31/62/63) will be unaffected and will operate as normal.

30 Services between Cardiff and Newport will be unaffected and all services will be operated by Cardiff Bus.

Services not listed above are scheduled not to operate, but should the number of driving staff reporting for duty increase during the 19th July, additional services will be operated throughout the day. For up to date information please follow us on Twitter @newportbus or like us on Facebook.  
For further enquiries about these changes, please call our Travel Centre on; 01633 263 600 accordingly. 

 


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Industrial Action Tuesday 19th July 2016

Dezines Internet - Thursday, July 14, 2016

 


NEWPORT TRANSPORT DISAPPOINTED STAFF TURN DOWN IMPROVED PAY AWARD OFFER

The Board of Newport Transport has said it is disappointed some of its staff have rejected an improved pay offer and have voted to take industrial action on Tuesday, July 19.

The company, which employs more than 250 people, had offered staff an improved pay deal totalling 3.5%. The rise included a pay increase of 1.75% in the current financial year backdated to April 1st and a further 1.75% rise from April 1st 2017. Pay for 2015/16 would be frozen under the deal. The board was planning to implement the pay offer in August 2016.

It is the third pay increase offer to be turned down by staff in the last 3 months and follows consecutive pay increases in April 2013 and April 2014 of 2% in each year made by the company. These increases combined with the current offer represent a 7.5% increase in staff pay over five years.

In a statement the Board of Newport Transport said: “We are disappointed that some of the company’s staff have voted against accepting this pay increase award.Our customers are of paramount importance to us and we will work tirelessly to ensure we operate as full a service as possible during the period of industrial action. Any temporary changes to timetables will be advised of immediately on our website, social media and on our buses.

“Over the last 12 months other bus operators in the region have been forced into making staff redundancies because of government cuts to bus funding. Despite these cuts, and the uncertain economic climate ahead, Newport Transport has chosen to continue investing in its workforce, their pay, and conditions.

“We have made a number of pay increase offers to our staff. Sadly, these offers, including our latest improved pay increase, have been rejected. We have worked closely throughout this period with the staffs’ union and ACAS, and believe we had put together a package that gave our staff a generous pay award, yet crucially protected the company’s ability to sustain and invest in the services that are so vitally important to our customers.

“We will continue to work closely with the union and our staff and hope that they will reconsider this final offer.”

On the day of industrial action the company will endeavour to operate as many services as possible between 06:30 & 19:00.

 


Newport Bus Travel Centre Friars Walk

Dezines Internet - Friday, December 18, 2015

Newport Bus are delighted to announce that our brand new Travel Centre is now open. Situated in Newport Central Bus Station, at the entrance to Friars Walk Shopping Centre, we are confident that our modern facility and friendly staff, will provide the people of Newport with a first class service.

Pictured above are the Travel Centre Manager Dan Reilly speaking with Mrs Jean Phillips who visited us today whilst our web development and professional photographic partner Dezines Internet Solutions Limited, were on site taking photographs.

Pictured below are (left to right) David Jenkins (Finance Director), Scott Pearson (Managing Director), Helen Burgess (Operations Manager) and Dan Reilly (Travel Centre Manager).

We very much look forward to serving the City of Newport in 2016 and beyond, and wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Star Wars Darth Vader in Newport

Newport Transport - Thursday, December 17, 2015

 

Have you seen Darth Vader or his Storm Troopers on our buses?  May the force be with you - always!

Newport Bus MOT & Service Centre

Newport Transport - Friday, October 16, 2015

Newport Bus are very pleased to have completed the refurbishment of our MOT & Service Centre.



These images taken by our web development agency Dezines Internet Solutions Limited - show the new signage at the front of our premises and our warm and comfortable customer reception area - reinforcing the fact that we do much more than just bus travel. Our friendly staff will make you feel very welcome, and you can help yourself to hot or cold drinks, read daily newspapers or watch our flat screen television while we complete your vehicle testing.

If you're looking to have your car MOT tested now or in the future, then we provide the expertise and great customer service excellence, all at a fair price you can trust. Did you know that we are an approved UNIPART Car Care Centre, and that all of our work is guaranteed for 12 months?

If you would like to book your vehicle in for an MOT, then you can save £5 off the £45 price of a car MOT, or 10% off all other MOT types by BOOKING ONLINE TODAY.


Epic 300 Mile Charity Cycle Ride Sparkle Appeal

Newport Transport - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Newport Bus Fleet Luxury New Mercedes Minibuses

Newport Transport - Saturday, August 22, 2015

With comfortable leather seats, these brand new luxury 19 seat Mercedes Minibuses are perfect for traveling in smaller groups. Our air conditioned luxury mini-buses are available for short term hire, airport transfers, concerts, party nights, business functions and special occasions - seating up to 19 passengers. Our mini-buses feature radio and CD players, seatbelts, and a spacious luggage compartment. Read more ..... or BOOK ONLINE.




WWI Memorial Bus - Nephew Visits Newport Bus

Newport Transport - Friday, July 24, 2015

Newport Bus were delighted to have a visit from the nephew of one of our former colleagues Rifleman Edward James Bailey, who fell during WWI near Ypres.

Mr and Mrs Woodman who left Newport over 40 years ago, visited the city to see one of the buses we have dedicated to Mr Woodman's uncle Edward James Bailey. Newport Bus currently have six buses within the fleet with graphics and names in the memory of the brave souls who fell during WWI, and who had worked for Newport Transport before their deployment.

Below are some of the pictures captured by staff during the visit, which included Mr and Mrs Woodman having a tour of the city in the very same bus dedicated to Mr Woodman's uncle .... registration YN53 GGY, and a visit to our bus depot offices to view the memorial wall plaque. Newport Transport also presented Mr Woodman with a wooden, period double decker bus model.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Woodman for visiting us, and refreshing our memories of times bygone and reminding us all of the sacrifice made by the people of Newport.

Free Wi-Fi on Newport Bus

Dezines Internet - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Newport Transport Bus Passengers can enjoy superfast connectivity on their bus journey with free Wi-Fi from the 1st of April. This comes as part of the Superconnected Cities programme, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will fund the three year contract, with Newport Transport funding the fourth year of the programme.

 

Councillor Bob Bright said:

'Having superfast broadband readily available in our city is vital to not only increasing productivity but to stimulate econimic growth'.

'In addition to making travel more productive, Wi-Fi access will make any commute more fun too, with access to social networks, online games and entertainment'.

'The next stage of our superfast broadband journey is to have Wi-Fi publically and freely available on public transport and I welcome the news that this will be available on Newport Transport buses.'

WW1 Memorial Plaque - River Usk

Dezines Internet - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newport Transport Limited are very proud to have been one of the main sponsors for a new plaque to be commissioned and placed on the bank of the River Usk, Newport - to commemorate the lives of the men of the Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force), who took part in the defence of the Frezenberg Ridge, during the Second Battle of Ypres, Belgium, during the early stages of World War 1.


At this battle, (during which the German Army used poison gas for the first time on the Western Front), the three battalions of the Monmouthshire Regiment, held the line. The Monmouthshire's heroic stand on the 8th May 1915, against great odds, helped prevent the Belgian city of Ypres, from falling into enemy hands, and the German Army advancing to capture the vital English Channel ports.


The Second Battle of Ypres lasted from 22nd of April to 25th May 1915, and as result of the conflict, 526 men of the Monmouthshire Regiment were killed or died of wounds, and 799 were wounded.

More than 80 Newport men were lost on the first day of the Frezenberg Ridge engagement alone.

"Look Up And Swear By The Green Of The Spring, That You'll Never Forget". Siegfried Sassoon 1919.

You can see the memorial yourself, by going to the River Usk Walk, near to the western side of the new Southern Distributor Road. When you visit, why not lay some flowers, in recognition of the sacrifice made by the men of Newport - so that we may live in a free and just society.


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