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New routes and service changes for September 2019

Newport Transport - Tuesday, August 27, 2019


As part of our route improvement plan, we're delighted to announce the introduction of two new routes and amendments to its regular services to start in September 2019.

From the 2nd of September and in time for the opening of the International Convention Centre (ICC Wales) based in the grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Bus will be running a new bus route – Route 9. This new route will depart from the bus station (stand 6) to the Coldra Court Hotel and Langstone Business Park, serving the train station, Chepstow Road and the Celtic Manor Resort. ICC Wales is expected to attract an increased number of visitors to Newport and the area. Therefore, it is important that as the main bus operator within the community, we support this fantastic facility by providing public transport for staff and visitors.

The introduction of the route 9 will also benefit the residents of Chepstow Road and more importantly the residents of Treberth estate (Bishpool), with increased services during the day of one every hour instead of every two hours.

The introduction of te new route brings changes to route 73, as it will no longer operate via Treberth Estate which will be serviced by the 9, and will operate directly to the City Centre via Chepstow Road.

Route X74 Newport – Chepstow Service will now serve Glan Llyn estate earlier and later than previously, Monday to Friday, with the first service linking the estate to the city centre departing at 07:30 instead of 11:29 and the last service departing the city centre at 17:25 instead of 14:15. The 74A/74C service remains unchanged.

Routes 42 and 43 – bus station to Spytty Retail Park via Moorland Park or Nash College will both benefit from an increased frequency to every 30 minutes from 8:00 till 18:00 weekdays, giving passengers a combined service every 15 minutes to the retail park or the city centre. Saturdays and Sundays remain unchanged.

We have also brought changes to the routes on the west of Newport. Route 34, currently operating one in the morning and one in the afternoon will be no longer be running from the 2nd of September. Route 35 and 36 remain unchanged, serving Duffryn Way, Tredegar House Drive, Pencarn Way to Celtic Springs. We will be running a prize draw on the 35 and 36 routes and further information will be provided shortly on our social media platforms and bus stops.

Newport Bus has been awarded a contract to operate bus services to both Brynglas and Allt-Yr-Yn. The new services will commence from Monday 10th September and will be numbered 11A/11C. The route 11 will be covering both areas in two opposite loops departing from the bus station (stand 13). Connection on Malpas Road will be available for passengers wishing to split their journey to go to the city centre. An early morning and late afternoon service will be in place to coincide with standard office hours for the people working in the Civic Centre district.

Morgan Stevens, Operations Director at Newport Transport explained: “The new routes and timetable improvements have been developed with the residents and people working in Newport in mind. These changes reflect our commitment to help bringing a viable and effective alternative to sustainable transport to the City of Newport.”

All timetables are available on our website - Routes and Timetables. Printed timetable leaflets can be picked up from the travel centre and the bus depot..

For information on fares and tickets, please vist our Fares and Zones page. Don't forget to order your smartcard online or at the Travel Centre.


Anonymous commented on 28-Aug-2019 05:51 AM

The number 11 bus service is absolutely rubbish compare to what the other bus companies were giving. There is an adult training centre on the top of Brynglas Hill where I work. A number of people go to the training unit. They are working in the support sector, mostly employed by Newport City. That means that we will have to walk up the hill as the bus doesn’t get there at 9 am and 10 am. There's also a number of people with mental health issues who attend the One Centre for mental health support and they find it difficult to get to the units at 10 am and 11 am. Absolute rubbish. All very well looking after people who work in the Civic Centre. Thank you Newport bus company for not checking what was needed.

RESPONSE: The service to Brynglas has been awarded under contract from Newport City Council. Currently, the N2 service operates to the top of Brynglas every hour from 10:00 to 15:00 and then again at 17:00. When the new contract comes into place, the same area will have a service at 08:35, 09:26, 10:35, 11:26 through to 16:35 and 16:56. This means Brynglas will get 3 extra services a day and commuters into the city centre from Brynglas will have an earlier service.

Victoria Evans commented on 28-Aug-2019 10:10 AM

Route 73 serves the bottom of the Bishpool estate. Most elderly people that live here cannot walk too far and bus 73 is a lifesaver. Taking this away from Bishpool means we have no bus service on the Bishpool estate.

RESPONSE: Please be reassured that the new route 9 will be serving the same route as the current route 73 with increased frequency. There will be a service of one every hour during day time instead of every two hours.See timetable

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