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Working in partnership with the Westfield Heath British Transplant Games 2019

Newport Transport - Monday, July 15, 2019

BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES 2019

We are delighted to be appointed the Official Games Transport provider for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games that will be held in Newport from July 25 to 28, 2019. This is another great event for the city, giving Newport the opportunity to show off its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Now in its 42nd year, the four-day multi-sport event organised for Transplant Sport will attract around 2,500 transplant recipients, live donors, donor families and supporters to venues across the city to take part in and watch 23 sports including track and field, swimming, cycling, badminton, walking and table tennis.

Newport Transport will be organising high capacity vehicles to shuttle the athletes and their family to four key events, from the Newport International Sports Village and the Official Games hotels to Rodney Parade for the opening ceremony, the Riverfront and the Celtic Manor for the exclusive celebration gala on Sunday. In total, Newport bus are expecting to be moving over 5000 people over the 4-day event.

For those attending who will need to get themselves around the City to the various sporting venues, Newport Bus operates the local bus services to the key venues and spectators can plan their journey via www.newportbus.co.uk/journey-planner. The routes to the main venues are:

  • Newport International Sports Village: Stop Spytty Road Park (SDR) Routes 42, 43 and 44

  • Rodney Parade: Stop Rugby Ground, Routes 42, 43, and 44

  • Active Learning Centre, Bettws: Stop High School, Routes 15 and 16

  • Hollywood Bowl, Spytty Retail Park: Stop Retail Park Routes 42, 43, 20, and 74

For assistance, our Travel Centre is in the Friars Walk section of Newport bus station. Opening hours and details can be found here. Newport Bus friendly inspectors are also on duty on the platforms at the bus station to provide passenger assistance.

Information on bus fares and zones can be found here.

“The Westfield Health British Transplant Games aim to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and the need for families to have the donation conversation. The Games also serves to highlight that through physical activity transplant patients and donors can lead healthy and active lives.

Wales was the first to introduce a soft opt-out system of the organ donor register. However, the decision on organ donation is made by loved ones. That’s why organisers are keen to spread the word that you need to make your wishes – whatever they may be - known to your loved ones.

Event Organiser Andrew Bridge explained: “With less than two weeks to go, Britain’s transplant community is very excited about the Games starting. We have been preparing for this for well over 12 months and Newport is already proving itself yet again as a brilliant host city for large-scale events. We are really pleased to be working with Newport Transport who we are sure will help make the Games a huge success.”

Commenting on this fantastic event, Morgan Stevens, Operations Director for Newport Transport said:” We are no stranger to moving large numbers of people from venue to venue, and we are proud of being associated with The Westfield Health British Transplant Games by providing transport to the athletes, donors and their families, which include over 300 children. At Newport Transport, we are keen to engage with the local community and events and this event gives everyone the opportunity to meet truly inspiring people.”

 

 


Supporting less traffic congestion and better air quality - #MakeTheSwitch

Newport Transport - Wednesday, July 03, 2019

 

BUS TICKET OR PARKING TICKET

In support of Newport City Council’s activities in cutting down illegal parking around Newport, we decided to give the civil enforcement officers free travel on Newport Bus. We made the offer to ensure the officers can reach a variety of destinations for their shifts, without adding to the traffic and parking availability.

This is part of our campaign #maketheswitch to public transport. One of the smart solutions to avoid parking fines is for motorists to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead. This campaign goes hand-in-hand with the council’s #ParkRight campaign, which encourages drivers to adhere to the Highway Code and park safely.

Councillor Roger Jeavons, the council’s cabinet member for City Services welcomes the move. He said: “For years residents have complained both to us and Gwent Police about the lack of enforcement on the streets where motorists were blatantly ignoring the rules of the road, causing problems for pedestrians and other drivers, especially in the city centre.

“We know bus drivers also had a lot of problems negotiating roads around the city because of badly parked cars so we welcome the offer by Newport Transport to help in this way.

“We have spent months reinstating or refreshing traffic orders and putting up new signs so people are in no doubt over parking rules.”

Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) was introduced to improve road safety, reduce congestion ensuring more free-flowing traffic and to protect communities from illegal and reckless parking plus enforcing resident parking schemes.

Our Operations director, Morgan Stevens explained: “We’re happy to support the council with the parking enforcement. “As significant road users ourselves, we understand first-hand the difficulties inconsiderate parking creates for other road users. Public transport can be part of the solution to lessen congestion and improve air quality in the city.

“At Newport Bus, we provide over 40 routes in Newport and the surrounding areas, and with 15 new zero-emission electric buses to be fully operational by Easter 2020 and our commitment to continuously review our routes, we can really encourage people to make the switch to the bus as their preferred mode of transport.”

 

 



Announcing our own fleet of zero emission fully electric buses

Newport Transport - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

ZERO EMISSION NEWPORT BUS

We, at Newport Transport, are very excited to announce the Newport Bus fleet will soon be operating zero emission electric buses, making these the very first of this type of buses to operate in Wales.

The order is in place for fifteen Yutong E12 electric single-decker buses. The first bus in Newport Transport colours is due to arrive in July 2019. Seven vehicles will arrive in February 2020 and with a further seven due for delivery in April 2020. The fifteen zero-emission electric vehicles supplied by Pelican Engineering/Yutong will represent 15% of the vehicle fleet of Newport Bus.

It was announced on 6 February 2019 that Newport Transport would receive £1,342m of funding from the Ultra-Low Emission Bus (ULEB) Scheme. Newport Transport is working in partnership with Yutong UK, Pelican Engineering, and Zenobe Energy, an independent owner and operator of battery storage. Zenobe also works with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) to ensure all projects are zero-emission and are compatible with the standards set in the UK government’s recent ULEB scheme.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “This is excellent news especially as Newport Transport will be at the forefront of a revolution in public transport in Wales. Clean, efficient, zero-emission electric buses will significantly improve air quality across the city for the benefit of all those who live and work in Newport.”

The Yutong E12 can seat up to 39 passengers and has an operating range of up to 200 miles (330km) according to the manufacturer. The Yutong E12 will be the manufacturer’s first 12-metre electric bus operating in the UK. The driver and passenger experience is second to none, with separate air-conditioning for the driver and the passengers and no engine vibration or noise. The passenger seating is also enhanced with LED lighting and separate USB charging points.

Councillor Jane Mudd, chair of Newport Transport, said: “This is an exciting and ground-breaking development for public transport in the city. I’m proud that the company is leading the way in partnership with Yutong, Pelican Engineering and Zenobe Energy to guarantee that the buses meet the highest possible environmentally beneficial criteria.”

"As Newport Transport already utilises 214 solar panels, a significant proportion of the energy used to charge the buses will be from a renewable source," comments Scott Pearson Managing Director of Newport Transport, "This is the start of a very exciting journey for the company as it moves into providing the people of Newport with an environmentally clean option for travel in and around the City. We recognise that in this ever-changing world, sustainable renewable energy is essential, and this must include public transport.

This venture will mean that Newport will be the first area in Wales to operate zero-emissions buses for our customers and the environment.”

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.


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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