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Operating on Saturday timetable

Newport Transport - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

From Monday 23rd of March, we will be operating on Saturday timetables due the reduced demand on all our network, and staff availability.

As a result of increased homeworking and government advice on avoiding non-essential travel, the demand on bus services has reduced. Therefore, Newport Bus has decided to operate Saturday timetables across its 43 routes from Monday 23rd of March. Normal weekend services will apply on Saturdays and Sundays.

Scott Pearson Managing Director stated “These are completely unprecedented times, but we will maintain bus services for our customers for as long as we are able to, while carefully following Governmental guidelines. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Newport Transport for doing an amazing job in very difficult conditions and thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenges.”

The Customer Service Centre at our Head Office on Corporation Road will be closed to customers from Monday 23rd March; however, our Travel Centre in Friars Walk Bus Station will remain open but please check our website for up to date opening times.

A statement plus questions and answers on the disruptions to the Newport Bus services can be found on the Newport Bus website. This will be kept updated; however, for the latest traffic updates, we recommend people to follow the company official Twitter or Facebook pages @NewportBus.

All of the timetables can be found on the website www.newportbus.co.uk/journey-planner or on the Traveline Cymru website (www.traveline.cymru).

 

 


Introducing Contactless Payment for all bus fares

Newport Transport - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RIDE CONTACTLESS WITH NEWPORT BUS

We're delighted to annouced that from Sunday 1st March, passengers on Newport Bus will be able to pay using their contactless-enabled bank card for all fares and weekly top-up on their Passport and Bamboo smartcards. The new ticketing machines will also allow passengers to make smartphone payment such as Apple Pay or Google Pay when set up on their mobile device.

Following investment in a new ticketing system, we are now in position to offer contactless payment onboard our entire fleet of local buses.

Contactless payment will simplify the way people pay for their fares and will be especially beneficial in encouraging the occasional bus users to make a switch to bus travel. As the City of Newport is continually attracting more visitors, thanks to the opening of the ICC Wales and other acclaimed events across the City, we expect this will contribute to promoting greener journeys.

This faster method of payment - you only need to ask your driver for the ticket you want and pop bank card onto the reader for your ticket to be printed – will speed up boarding time and make bus travel a better, and easier experience for all. Here how:

CONTACLESS INFOGRAPHIC

The contactless system chosen by Newport Transport is the Ticketer ETM system, which is the industry’s most innovative ticketing solution, and is designed to give passengers the widest possible range of payment options. These new machines fitted with improved GPS-locator will also improve Newport Bus’s ability to provide real-time information. In time, this invaluable data will help deliver a more efficient and reliable bus services for our customers.

“Ticketer are delighted to be involved in this new development for Newport Bus” comments John Clarfelt, CEO of Ticketer “ The convenience of using contactless will allow their passengers greater flexibility and will make bus travel accessible to all, which in turn encourages more people to take the bus.

Scott Pearson, our Managing Director encourage everyone to do something bold and try the bus! In lights of the current environmental challenges and increase in congestion, bus travel needs to become a method of choice and a real alternative to the car.

 




Timetable changes February 2020

Newport Transport - Monday, February 10, 2020

ELECTRIC BUS

From February 17, 2020, Newport Bus is introducing timetables changes to five of its services in response to passenger feedback and reliability issues due to an increasing level of traffic. The routes affected are the 11, Allt-Yr-Yn – Brynglas, 20 A/C Spytty Retail Park via Christchurch Village, 42/43 Moorland Park, X74 Chepstow and 60 Monmouth.

The changes are as follows:

Route 11 – Following our take-over of the Brynglas – Allt-Yr-Yn service last September, Newport Bus has engaged with passengers to understand whether the timetable was meeting the requirement of most passengers. As a result, the hourly service will now operate from quarter to instead of quarter past the hour from 9:00 till 17:00. This change will facilitate connections with other services at peak time. Both inbound (8:15) and outbound (17:10) services to the Civic Centre remain unchanged. Download timetable service 11

Due to regular congestion around Spytty Retail Park, Newport Bus had to make adjustment of a few minutes to some of the intermediary timing points of the services covering the retail park. The routes are 20 A/C, 42/43 and X74. The departure times from Newport Bus Station and the frequency remain unchanged. The Glan Llyn estate will benefit from one extra morning service towards Chepstow at 7:30. Download timetable Service 20. Download timetable Service 42/43. Download timetable Service X74.

The Route 60 Newport to Monmouth via Caerleon, Usk and Raglan has also been subject to adjustments to maintain timetable reliability. Most changes are minor adjustments of a few minutes, earlier or later at intermediary timing points. The main change is the addition of a new service at 14:05 from Newport Bus Station Monday to Friday. The afternoon school service has also been replaced with an all-year-round service at 16:35. Download timetable Service 60.

Newport Bus endeavours to provide timetables for its services that meet passenger needs, traffic and commercial obligations. Morgan Stevens, Operations Director at Newport Bus comments: “We trust that these timetable adjustments will prove useful to our passengers and will assist with journey planning. We, at Newport Bus, are aware of the difficulties in keeping the bus running on time due to congestions, accidents and other delays and are working tirelessly to deliver an effective bus service to the city of Newport. It is in everyone’s interest that bus travel becomes a method of choice and for that, it needs to be made easy and relevant to the passengers.”

All timetables are available for download here on our website and timetable leaflets are available from the travel centre and the bus depot from the 10th of February.

 


Round Prices for 2020 ...Fare Enough

Newport Transport - Monday, December 30, 2019


From January 5, 2020, we are introducing a simplified fare structure ahead of a string of projects for 2020, starting with the installation of a new ticketing system early in 2020.

This is the first review since February 2018! Simpler prices and a reduced number of options will go towards reducing the time spent looking for coins. However, this is changing for the better as, by the end of January, we plan to have a new ticket machine system in operation.

In the first phase, the new ticket machines will enable payment for bus tickets with all contactless card types as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay. A welcome change for the occasional user or the regular commuter, it will allow quicker boarding time. Phase two will see mobile ticketing being offered to our customers, closely followed by phase three that will see bus real-time information on mobile devices.

The new ticketing machines will enable real-time travel information. Morgan Stevens, Operations Director for Newport Bus explains what it means for Newport Bus:” We are really looking forward to the implementation of this new system. The new ticket machines will enable us to have invaluable passenger insight, which will give us the improved understanding to deliver efficient bus services to all.”

The fare review will only affect the adult, child and youth tickets and the Passport fares for travelling in zone 1 and zone 2. The fares for travelling in Zone 3, which extends the Newport Bus network to Chepstow and Monmouth remain unchanged. To simplify the number of different price options, the discount for Freedom card users will be scrapped together with the Student Passport card, which is replaced by the Youth Passport for under 21 and the adult Passport. The family day tickets, City Hop and Network Rider tickets remain at the same low price. Clikc here for information and request our smartcards. Click here for information on Newport Bus Travel Zones.

As public transport is now dominating the environmental debate, we’re introducing an important change to benefit commuters: our highly discounted annual Passport cards that offer a daily commute at £2.70* for a Passport Plus holder will now be available exclusively via employers, giving staff the added benefit of paying monthly through their salary. Don’t forget to speak to your employer about our Employer Bus Passport scheme.

The new fares are as follows:

Ticket Type
Zone 1
 Zone 2
Adult Single £2.00 £2.50
Adult Day £4.00 £5.00
Adult Weekly £16.00 £20.00
Adult 4-Weekly £50.00 £60.00
Ticket Type
 Zone 1
 Zone 2
Child Single £1.25 £1.75
Child Day £2.50 £2.50
Child Weekly £11.00 £11.00
Child 4-Weekly £33.00 £33.00
Child Annual £350.00 £350.00
Ticket Type
Zone 1
Zone 2
Youth Single £1.35 £1.65
Youth Day  £2.70 £3.40
Youth Weekly £11.00 £13.50
Youth 4-Weekly £34.00 £40.00
Youth Annual £350.00 £415.00

Download our fare information here.

We’re very excited about the upcoming developments for Newport Transport in 2020. Not only we will have the new ticket machine system, but we also have the arrival of fourteen brand new fully electric zero-emission buses and will be launching a mobile-ticketing app, putting us in good stead for the new decade. We would like to thank our passengers for their support and loyalty and would welcome all car users to give the bus a try, as fewer cars on the road will make for easier bus travel and cleaner air for all.

A Christmas Message

Newport Transport - Friday, December 20, 2019


Dear all,

I would like to sincerely thank all our customers for their loyalty and support this year, 2019 was very challenging, however, 2020 is looking to be very exciting with so many new projects, ready to be delivered. I would like to end this year with a glimpse of what's to come.

In early 2020, we will have the installation of a new ticket machine system, which will allow contactless card payments. We will see the arrival of fourteen brand new zero-emission fully electric buses. The new electric vehicles will contribute immensely towards the improvement of the air quality in the City of Newport. They will represent almost 20% of your fleet of buses in the city!

As if this wasn't enough, in early Spring we will be launching a mobile-ticketing app with mobile ticketing functionality and real-time bus information on your mobile. This clear and simple platform will bring Newport Bus into the 21st century and will go a long way towards encouraging drivers to leave the car at home for the benefit of all. Fewer cars = less congestion = cleaner air = quicker bus journey time = a better environment for everyone.

Newport Transport is proud to be part of the fantastic community of Newport and we could not improve and grow without your loyal support. I trust that you will all join me in looking forward to an exciting 2020 for public transport in your City.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you all very much!

Scott Pearson, Managing Director

Frequently Asked Questions On Newport Electric Buses

Newport Transport - Monday, November 18, 2019

NEWPORT BUS

Following comments on our social media pages, please find below answers to the most common questions received on our fully-electric buses. Please do not hesitate to comment below. We will endeavour to respond to any relevant comments.

  1. Electronic and buses – what about if the bus runs out of power?
  2. The electric bus will not be running out of power. In operations, the bus will return to the depot when the charge reaches approximately 20%. This first addition to our fleet is an ex-demonstrator bus. However, the next fourteen buses will have a higher power charge, which will increase the range of operation.

  1. Electric buses are not really zero emission vehicles as electricity is required to charge the batteries. What is the infrastructure in place at the depot?
  2. Newport Transport has partnered with Zenobe Energy, an independent owner and operator of energy storage. Working with Zenobe ensure that the energy required to charge the buses will be from renewable sources. Newport Transport already utilises 214 solar panels and this is in the process of being expanded. We are working with our partners to ensure that the operations of our electric buses will be as close to zero emission as possible.

  1. It has been reported in the press about children as young as five years old working in mines to get the elements to make the electric batteries.
  2. The elements mined to produce the batteries supplied by Yutong are iron, phosphate and lithium. The reference to child labour is in relation to the mining of cobalt, which is not used in these batteries.
    By working with reputable partners, we ensure that due diligence was given to the accreditation of suppliers.

  1. Will the bus be able to operate a whole day on one charge?
  2. The current bus is expected to cover 187 km (116 miles) on a single charge, making it suitable for most routes around the City of Newport. The next new fourteen buses will benefit from larger batteries increasing the range to 380 km.

  1. What route will the electric bus be operating on?
  2. The current bus is used on most of the routes that currently operate a full-size single-deck vehicle. The mid-term objective is to lower the air pollution in the areas of the city which suffer the most with poor air quality. Therefore, seven of the fourteen buses will be dedicated to the Caerleon Road corridor, which has two areas of poor air quality. The other seven buses will be allocated closer to the time of operation.

  1. The electric bus appears to be a small bus with steps inside, making it dangerous for the elderly and disabled and with very limited seating.
  2. All buses are low floor and compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Yutong E12 electric buses ordered by Newport Transport are similar to our current single-deck fleet and have a seating capacity of 39 seats.
    We are reviewing the option of a smaller bus to operate on the routes that can only cope with smaller size vehicles.

  1. Will this first electric bus be permanent in the streets of Newport?
  2. The introduction of electric buses in the Newport Transport fleet is part of our bus replacement strategy. Thanks to the partnership in place with Pelican Engineering and Zenobe Energy, the cost of an E12 is comparable to a diesel bus. In addition, there are substantial financial savings due to lower maintenance requirements, believed to be in the region of 33% compared to a diesel bus.
    At present, the limitation to extend the introduction of the electric buses is the range. Newport Transport required a third of its vehicle to exceed the current range of 340 km of the new vehicles. This will improve overtime as battery technology improves.

  1. Why did you choose the Yutong E12?
  2. We have trialled various models of electric buses over the last 12 to 18 months in order to choose the one that will be best suited to our network. The feedback received on the Yutong demonstrator was very positive. Research into driver and passenger acceptance showed a 94% rating from passengers and 96% from drivers, in contrast with scores in the region of 70-80% on the previous vehicles tested.
    In addition, the manufacturer Yutong is one of the largest electric bus manufacturers in the world, with the experience of thousands of buses with the same battery and drive train in service.

    Further information is available on our partners' websites:
    Pelican Engineering / Yutong https://pelicanyutong.co.uk/yutong-e12-the-first-electric-bus-in-service-in-wales/
    Zenobe Energy https://zenobe.co.uk/zenobe-on-bbc-wales/

South Wales Argus Business Awards 2019 Finalist – environmental business of the year

Newport Transport - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

NEWPORT BUS

We’re delighted to announce that Newport Transport has been nominated as a finalist for this year South Wales Business Awards – category Environmental Business of the Year 2019.

The awards, which are run in association with Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID), are a perfect opportunity to showcase the achievements of our business community.

Newport Transport has been chosen as a finalist under the category Environmental Business of the Year after the presentation of our outstanding commitment towards better air quality and cleaner roads around the city of Newport.

Our 2019 environmental campaign started in May 2019, when after months of planning, trials and discussions with government bodies and commercial partners, Newport Transport announced the placement of a firm purchase order for 15 fully electric single-decker buses. This order for E12 Yutong fully electric vehicles will represent over 19% of our fleet of full-size buses by March 2020. Read more here

On 20 June, we took part in the national Clean Air Day event in the grounds of the Royal Gwent Hospital. We hosted the event on board of one of our double-decker buses, where nurses of St Woolos Hospital Chest Clinic ran CO monitoring to identify any high levels of Carbon Monoxide that may (in a non-smoker) be a consequence of air pollution. Newport Bus provided support on route planning and fares in order to help people considering public transport as an appealing alternative mode of transport.

In July, we started our #MakeTheSwitch campaign with a series of posters at the back of our buses. With buses widely recognised as a cost-effective way to reduce road congestion and cut carbon emissions, our choice of messages was very fitting: Parking Ticket or Bus ticket?; Relaxation or Frustration?; Free Up Roads - Free Up Time. Read more here

Late August, we launched the first fully electric zero-emission bus to operate in Wales. You can read more about this existing story on the BBC Wales website and witness the quietness of the ride. The next 14 buses are currently being manufactured and will be with us early Spring 2020.

We’re not stopping here: We are already looking at smaller electric vehicles to operate the narrower areas of the city and at ways to make it easier for people to use the bus for their regular commute.

Scott Pearson, Managing Director for Newport Transport comments: “We’re delighted to be receiving this recognition. 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. “

 


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!



New routes and service changes for September 2019

Newport Transport - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NEWPORT BUS

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.

 


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.”

 

 



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