Extension of Route 72 to Mitcheldean

1 month ago Tue 28th May 2024

Route 72 bus outside the Dean Heritage CentreFrom June 3, 2024, Newport Bus will expand its services into the Forest of Dean. Route 72, currently serving Lydney from Chepstow will extend to Mitcheldean via the Dean Heritage Centre and Cinderford, serving the new Forest of Dean Community Hospital.

In November 2022, Newport Bus started its partnership with Gloucestershire County Council when winning the tender for the Chepstow to Lydney bus service.

From Monday 3 June, route 72 will extend beyond Lydney to Mitcheldean / Drybrook via Blakeney, Soudley, Cinderford, and Steam Mills. It will serve the heart of the Forest of Dean passing the Dean Heritage Centre. Between Cinderford and Steam Mills, the service will stop outside the brand-new Forest of Dean Community Hospital. This is an important feature as many of the services of the current hospital in Lydney are moving to the new hospital. Some journeys will also serve The Forest High School and Gloucestershire College. More importantly, the extension of route 72 restores a link via Soudley that has been lost since 2022.

Forest of Dean’s customers will benefit from some of the newest zero-emission electric buses in the Newport Bus fleet. All services will accept contactless payment for single and day tickets and mobile tickets via the Newport Bus app for days, weekly and 4-weekly tickets. Cash payment is accepted as exact change only.

New fares will replace the current Forest of Dean fare as follows. The fares are split into district and local zones – Chepstow, Lydney and Cinderford. A single adult local fare starts at £1.70 with a maximum of £8.40 for an All-Zones day ticket to travel across the whole Newport Bus network, meaning from Cardiff to Mitcheldean. Route 72 can also provide handy connections in Chepstow towards Bristol, Newport and since April 2024, Monmouth and Cwmbran. For full details see our Fares page here.

Alex Clarke, Commercial Officer at Newport Bus said:” This new service is a great addition to the Newport Bus network. Route 72 has seen growing passenger numbers since we took over in November 2022 and we hope it will continue to do so. We are pleased to be able to provide a convenient bus service to this stunning part of the country and to enable transport links for work, essential appointments, leisure and tourism.

We’re looking forward to welcoming commuters and visitors alike on board our services.”

From 7 July 2024, the bus service expansion in the Forest will continue a little more when Newport Bus begins to operate the current route 711, the local Cinderford Service to The Pludds and Ruspidge.

Here is the link to the timetable for Route 72. Timetable leaflets have been produced and will be available at key outlets along the route.