Coronavirus Updates and FAQs
Our commitment to your safety and well-being
We know that there are lots of concerns about the current serious situation and the uncertainty that everybody is feeling. Our priority is to protect the safety of our customers and our colleagues. We want to reassure you that we are following the very latest advice from the Government and public health authorities regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have well-established cleaning regimes for all our vehicles, and we are continuing to enhance the measures we have in place with more regular
cleaning of the main customer touchpoints such as hand poles and grab rails. We have issued detailed and regular reminders to our staff about
good hygiene practice and the importance of handwashing and we know that our customers will also be following this advice. The government and
public health advice continue to be that the most effective measure that people can take to protect themselves and others from the virus is
to regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser gel if soap and water aren’t available. Please note that a 3-layer face covering is mandatory in Wales on all public transport.
We have provided below answers to a range of frequent questions about travelling on our services. For more information on coronavirus, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Please note following a rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Newport, new restrictions have been announced by Welsh Government. These restrictions will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020. The aim of the additional restrictions is to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public helath for people living in the area.
The main restrictions are;
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave Newport without a reasonable excuse
- People will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a 'bubble')
- This means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) will not be allowed, unless you have good reason,
such as providing care to a vulnerable person
- All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm
- People must work from home wherever possible
More info on restrictions can be found on NCC website - here
Q. Can I continue to travel on your services?
- Not travelling if you feel unwell,even with mild symptoms
- Avoiding busy periods if your journey will allow
- Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
- Only using your mobile phone for calls in an emergency
- No eating or drinking while on board
- Travel in relative silence
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Please follow all government guidance in relation to you journey - found here
The advice from the government and public health authorities is that people can continue to use public transport if necessary but following
all rules and guidelines. For government information on social distancing, please follow these guidelines. Please not from 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020 people will not be allowed
to enter or leave Newport without a reasonable excuse.
Q. Are all services continuing to run as normal?
Our bus services are operating to a reduced special timetable across the entire network. The timetables currently in operation can be downloaded here
Timetables from 01.09.20 (693 KB)
As changes can happend at short notice, we recommend you follow us on one of our social media pages (Twitter or Facebook) @newportbus or
check our website (https://www.newportbus.co.uk/features/news).
The Travel centre is currently closed to the public however the Travel Centre phone line (01633 263 200) is open for enquiries between 8:00 and 16:00.
The Customer Service office on Corporation Road is now re-opened to the public for the monthly card top ups. Please ring the bell at the front. For information, please ring 01633 670 653.
With regards to the day trips, we have cancelled all our day trips for 2020 and are hoping to welcome you all back in
Q. How are you protecting your staff, such as drivers?
We are reminding everybody of the important of hygiene good practice. In addition, as with the main customer touchpoint areas, we are also increasing the frequency of cleaning within driver cabs and other areas our staff come into greater contact with.
Drivers are also provided with individual hand sanitiser, a full face visor for when dealing with customers outside their cab and we have
installed screens to enclose the driver in their cab on every vehicle in service. They also have received all government advice in
regards to hand washing and good hygiene practices. Face coverings for the drivers is not compulsory when his cabin is enclosed
by protective screens.
Q. Are you carrying out additional cleaning on your services?
In addition to our robust overnight cleaning regimes we have further improved these by procuring specific chemicals in relation to COVID-19.
We have staff at Newport Bus Station undertaking additional cleans of all touch points as vehicles arrive at the Station. We are also
undertaking a weekly fogging of vehicles using a chemical called x-mist that is a germicide for sanitising all areas of our vehicles.
Q. Are there any extra measures I should take whilst travelling?
We ask our customers to undertake the following measures to keep you, our staff and others safe while traveling. Please note that face
coverings are mandatory on al public transport as the Welsh Government legistlation.
More information regarding the use of face coverings, exemptions and how to apply for one of our exemption cards can be found here.
You can also travel safer by;
As advised by the NHS, people should also follow these general, simple measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
Q. What steps are you taking at the Bus Station and Travel Shop?
We are enhancing the cleaning regimes at our bus station units and at the travel shops as with our bus and coach services, we are focusing on the places our customers come into more contact with. We recommend that all our passengers practice social distancing.
The Travel Centre has been closed to the public from Monday 23rd of March.
Q. If I decide not to travel with a pre-booked ticket, can I get a refund?
The government advice is that people can continue to use public transport services as normal and therefore our normal ticket conditions apply.
Q. What contingency measures do you have in place if the spread of the virus continues?
We are closely monitoring and managing the current situation. Our priority is to protect the safety of our customers and our own employees. In addition, we will continue to liaise closely with government and public health authorities on any further steps we should take.
Page updated: 21/09/2020