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Presenting Newport Bus App

Newport Transport - Sunday, September 27, 2020

We are delighted to announce the launch of a mobile ticketing and real-time bus tracking app bringing further modernisation to its transport network. The Newport Bus app is available for free and can be downloaded to mobile devices from the App Store and the Google Play Store from Monday, September 28.

Newport Bus mobile app was developed in partnership with UrbanThings using the modern and efficient TicketlessTM platform, already trusted by many bus operators worldwide. This smart ticketing solution provides real-time information (RTI) and mobile ticketing which are integrated with the Newport Bus Ticketer ticket machines. Using a combination of real time data and data-based predictions, the mobile app will also inform passengers of bus occupancy levels and predicted occupancy at bus stops, thus enabling users to plan their journey with social distancing in mind.

The mobile app will bring multiple benefits to bus users. The main features of the Newport Bus app are:

  • Prior purchase of day tickets, weekly and 4-weekly passports for travel within the Newport Bus network.
  • Real-time bus time information and location of the approaching bus. The map also shows the traffic level in the city.stops.

Mobile tickets and passports can also be purchased and gifted to another Newport Bus app user, as well as receiving notifications when the ticket is used, making it ideal for parents to

  • View of the occupancy levels of the approaching buses and the predicted level at individual purchase tickets for their children.

Carl Partridge, CEO, Urban Things says:” We are delighted to be partnering with Newport Transport to provide a smart travel platform that brings together RTI and m-ticketing in a single app. The team there is eager to be at the forefront of new innovations, and we look forward to the ongoing relationship as we work with them to future-proof their systems.”

Scott Pearson, Managing Director for Newport Transport says:” The Ticketless platform provides the ideal solution for Newport Bus. It offers a modern, easy-to-use and reliable mobile travel app to our passengers. Within an increasingly contactless and paperless world, the Newport Bus app has been designed to meet the high expectations of our customer. As part of our service improvement strategy, the launch of the app follows the implementation of contactless payments in March and will bring additional convenience and flexibility to bus travel and I am hopeful that it will encourage more people to give the bus a try and make the switch.”

 

Back to school – How to enjoy your bus journey to school?

Newport Transport - Tuesday, September 03, 2019

NEWPORT BUS

Here are 5 things you need to know when catching the school services to secondary school:

1.  Be on time at your stop and have your bus pass ready! We hope that you like the 2019/2020 orange chosen for this year. Show your pass clearly to the driver for a free ride to school. No bus pass, no free ride – even when you are wearing your school uniform. In that case, to get on the bus, you will be asked to purchase a ticket. An under-16 Bamboo single ticket costs £1.10 in Zone 1; that’s for the whole city up to Caerleon to the east and Marshfield to the west. You can also use a Youth Passport card if you’re aged between 16 and 21.

If you lose your scholar’s pass, a replacement can be provided at the cost of £10.00 – Please contact us via the travel centre or the website contact form.

2. We operate most of the school services using the current local bus services. Some of these bus services operate to/from the school grounds and will display the destination as a school route. These services, that are also open to the general public, are:
- St Joseph’s RC High School – SJ1 to SJ14
- Bassaleg School - B1 and B2
- The John Frost School – JF1 to JF4
- Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed – YG1

The other two secondary schools in Newport are served by the regular bus services – 74/74C for Llanwern High School and 15/16 for Newport High School.

Please respect the other passengers as all they want is to arrive at work on time.

3. Have fun on your journey to school, but respect your driver. Your safety is paramount. Our drivers are trained to drive you safely to school and back, however, they must not be distracted while driving. It is, therefore, your job to stand well clear of the doors and not to talk to the driver while en route. If they do not answer, they’re not being rude, they're doing their job. Here's a tip: Be nice to your drivers and they’ll be nice to you back.

4. Lost properties - Every item left on the bus at the end of its shift is returned to the depot. We have a large number of lost properties which are never claimed, so if you’ve forgotten something on the bus, get in touch and we will have a look for you. The popular items are PE kits, musical instruments, art folders, mobile phones and umbrellas of course.

To claim your item, check with the travel centre in the first instance. You can also ring us at the depot on 01633 670563 or send us a message via our contact form.

5. If the bus is late due to traffic, don’t worry we will let the school know on your behalf.

If you didn’t qualify for a free of charge scholar pass to use the school services, we recommend that you purchase a Bamboo card – the under-16 bus card or a Youth Passport card – the 16-21 bus card. Both smartcards can be purchased with proof of age (birth certificate, passport or other official ID) at the travel shop or online in our smartcard store.

To check if you qualify for a school bus pass, contact your council - Newport Council School Transport or Torfaen Council School Transport

Have a great school year and safe journeys. Happy Days!




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