Timetable changes from April 1, 2024

1 month ago Thu 22nd Feb 2024

We are making changes to our timetables and services from the 1st of April. These are minor adjustments for reliability, new evening and Sunday services and new routes in Risca and across Monmouthshire. 

The changes come about following a recent retendering exercise by the local authorities across Wales and changes to the Welsh Government Bus Transition Fund (BTF).

The BTF scheme has helped keep the bus network across Wales stable since the start of the pandemic. However, it is changing from 1 April, 2024. From this next service change, the cost of our services must be covered by the fares we sell on board and in our app, like other operators in Wales. Most services are already covered by fares, so there will be minor changes or no changes at all. For supported routes, the Welsh Government is providing extra funding to local councils, which resulted in the recent tendering exercise. This means that we have some route changes and new routes added to our network.

Full details are in the table below - click on the route name for a link to the timetables. The live timetable will be available soon.

Route Number Route Name Summary of Changes

1

Newport – Rogerstone

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability.

2

Newport – Gaer

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability, in particular, the 07:50 journey will operate 5 minutes earlier.

5

Newport – Gwent Europark

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability. On Saturdays, the 09:02 journey from Newport and the 18:15 from Gwent Europark will be withdrawn. Alternative journeys to/from Gwent Europark at these times are provided by route X74.

All journeys will depart from stand 4 at the bus station.

6/7

Newport – Newport Retail Park

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability. 

8A/8C

Newport – Ringland

These routes will operate every 30 minutes all day rather than 20 minutes at peak time. As a result, some journeys that were 8A are now 8C and vice versa.

Minor changes to the timetable at other times to improve reliability.

9A/C

Newport – Newport Retail Park

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability, in particular, the journeys at 19:26, 19:56, and 20:26 will now operate 3 mins earlier.

12 Newport - Sainsbury's No changes

13

Newport – Brynglas

On Monday to Friday, journeys between 09:45 and 13:45 will operate 20 minutes earlier. There is an additional journey at 14:25.

There are no changes to Saturdays

14

Newport – Allt-yr-yn

Most journeys operate up-to 20 minutes later. 

All journeys will depart from stand 3 at the bus station.

16A/C

Newport – Bettws

Minor changes to the timetable to improve reliability, in particular, the 21:25 journey will operate at 21:35. 

The 23:00 journey terminates at the Cenotaph rather than Iceland.

18

Newport – Malpas

The 16:42 journey will operate 3 minutes later. 

All journeys will depart from stand 2 at the bus station.

19

Newport – Malpas

Minor changes to improve reliability. 

Westfield Way is no longer shown in the timetable list however buses still serve Westfield Drive and Russell Drive.

20/21

Newport – Newport Retail Park

On Monday to Friday, journeys from 09:46 onwards will operate 9 minutes later. The 08:48 journey will operate 3 minutes earlier. Most journeys from Newport Retail Park will operate between 5-9 mins later.

On Saturdays, most journeys will operate 9-10 minutes later in both directions.

26A/C

Newport – St Julians

No changes

27

Newport – Caerleon

No changes

29/29A

Newport – Cwmbran

Minor changes to Monday to Saturday times to improve reliability. Most journeys from Cwmbran will operate 1 minute later.

There will be a new journey from Newport at 23:00 (Mon to Sat) as far as Caerleon (Lodge Farm) and 23:17 from Caerleon as far as Clarence Place. This has been introduced for a trial period of 6 months following requests. If you are a business along the route that can help promote our service, please get in touch – we’d love to work with you.

In addition, on Monday to Friday, journeys from Newport at 07:20, 07:50, 08:20, and 08:50 will operate 5 minutes earlier.

The 19:14 journey from Cwmbran will operate at 19:13 and will be a 29A rather than a 29 to provide an additional journey from St Cadoc’s Hospital into Newport.

30

Newport – Cardiff

The 21:15 journey from Newport and the 22:10 from Cardiff will operate Monday to Saturday rather than just Friday and Saturday.

X30

Newport – Cardiff

Monday to Friday: The 06:50 journey from Newport will operate earlier at 0631 following requests for an earlier arrival at UHW Heath Hospital.

From Newport, the 07:25 will operate at 07:20, the 08:00 will operate at 08:11 and the 17:10 will operate at 17:00. There will be a new journey at 18:30.

From Cardiff, the 07:33 journey will operate at 07:25, the 08:10 at 08:08, the 08:45 at 09:00 and the 17:55 at 17:45. There will be a new journey at 1925 following requests for a later journey from UHW Heath Hospital.

There are no changes to Saturdays.

31A/C

Newport – Marshfield

This is a new service replacing the current demand-responsive service (DRT31). Routes 31A & 31C will operate as normal bus services.

The route from Newport will be via Cardiff Road, Mendalgief Road, Docks Way, Lighthouse Road and Morgan Way to Asda. Then route 31A will operate via A48, Castleton, Marshfield, Peterstone, St. Brides and Lighthouse Park. Route 31C operates the opposite way around via Lighthouse Park, St Brides, Peterstone, Marshfield, Castleton and St Brides.

For more information on the new routes 31A/C please click here

35/36

Newport – Duffryn

After leaving Celtic Springs buses operate left onto the A48 to be able to pick up on the main road bus stop.

On school days, there are additional journeys from Duffryn to the city centre at 08:37 & 08:47 and from the city centre to Duffryn at 14:50.

37

Newport – Rhiwderin

Most journeys will operate 11 minutes earlier.

40/41

Newport – Pillgwenlly

No changes

42/43

Newport – Newport Retail Park

Minor changes to improve reliability. Some journeys will operate a few minutes earlier.

73

Newport – Chepstow

On Monday to Friday, journeys from Newport at 06:30, 06:55 and 07:55 & 16:13 will be replaced by journeys at 06:15, 06:45, 07:30 & 16:30. On school days, the 07:30 bus extends to Chepstow Comprehensive School.

The 15:06 journey from Chepstow will operate at 15:30 and start from Chepstow Comprehensive School. Journeys at 17:20 & 18:15 will be replaced with 17:45, 18:20 & 18:50.

On Saturdays, the timetable is completely revised with an hourly service throughout most of the day with extra earlier morning journeys.

In particular, the journeys via Mathern are now the 09:10 from Newport (09:50 at Mathern) and the 13:06 from Chepstow.

74A/C Newport – Underwood On Monday to Friday, the 07:24 journey from Newport will operate 4 minutes earlier as far as Underwood.

YG1-4
SJ1-15
JF1-4
B1-2

Newport School Services No changes

74/X74

Newport – Chepstow

From Newport, Monday to Friday, the 06:05 journey will operate 5 minutes earlier, and the 07:05 will depart 1 minute earlier but has time added to complete the journey.

From Chepstow, Monday to Friday, the 07:20 journey will operate 5 minutes earlier and the 0840 will operate 5 minutes later.

From Newport, Monday to Saturday, the 20:00 journey will operate at 19:55. There will be a new journey at 20:55.

On Sunday, from Newport, the 09:30, 11:30 & 14:30 will operate 6 minutes earlier; from Chepstow, the 08:35 journey will operate 10 minutes earlier and the 18:03 journey will operate 7 minutes later.

Every day, route 74 will operate via Bulwark Road and Thornwell Road to/from Chepstow. When leaving Chepstow these journeys will also serve Tesco.

75

Magor – Sudbrook

New service replacing the current route 75 operated by Monmouthshire Council.

The route will be Magor, Redwick Road, Dancing Hill, Acacia Avenue, Pennyfarthing Lane, Undy, Rogiet, Severn Tunnel Junction, Caldicot, Longfellow Road, Station Road, Green Lane, The Cross, Church Road, Caerwent, Llanvair Discoed, Caldicot, The Cross, Mill Lane and Portskewett to Sudbrook.

60/X60

Newport – Monmouth

Revised timetable on all days.

The Monday to Friday frequency will increase to hourly for most of the day.

On Saturday, the timetable is coordinated with route 68 between Raglan and Monmouth so there’s better spacing between buses on each route – the combined frequency is almost hourly.

There is a new Sunday service that links at Monmouth with new Sunday journeys on route 69 to Chepstow via the Wye Valley.

A3 Raglan - Brynmawr

New service replacing sections of the current routes 68 & A3, currently operated by Adventure Travel.

From Raglan, the route is via Great Oak, The Pitt, The Bryn, Abergavenny, Llanfoist, Govilon (School Lane), Gilwern (Orchard Close and Cae Meldon), Clydach South (Dan-y-coed), Clydach North and Blackrock to Brynmawr.

63

Cwmbran – Chepstow

New service replacing the current route 63 operated by Phil Anslow.

The route from Chepstow is via Chepstow Community Hospital, Mynydd-bach, Shirenewton, Earlswood, Gaerllwyd, Llangwm, Gwernesney, Usk, Little Mill, Pontypool and Croesyceiliog to Cwmbran.

65

Chepstow – Monmouth

New service replacing the current route 65 operated by Monmouthshire Council.

The route from Chepstow is via Chepstow Community Hospital, Itton, Devauden, Cobblers Plain, Llanishen, Trellech, The Narth, Penallt and Cinderhill Street to Monmouth

68 Monmouth – Abergavenny

New service replacing the current route 68 operated by Adventure Travel.

The route from Monmouth is via Wonastow Road, Link Road, Mitchel Troy, Dingestow Turn (some journeys serve Dingestow Village), Raglan then direct via A40 to Abergavenny Bus station. See new route A3 for buses to Great Oak, The Pitt, Penpergwm and The Bryn.

On Saturday the timetable is coordinated with route 60 between Raglan and Monmouth so there’s a better spacing between buses on each route – the combined frequency is almost hourly.

69

Chepstow – Monmouth

New service replacing the current route 69 operated by Phil Anslow.

The route from Chepstow is via Chepstow Community Hospital, Chepstow Racecourse, St Arvans, Tintern, Brockweir Bridge, Llandogo, Bigsweir Bridge, Redbrook, Wyesham Avenue and Wyesham Road to Monmouth,

There is a new Sunday service that links at Monmouth with new Sunday journeys on route 60 at Chepstow with routes 74 & T7.

C1

Chepstow – Thornwell

The 07:36 journey will operate earlier at 07:21.

The 07:50 journey will operate a different route to allow larger buses to be used to accommodate the number of customers travelling to Chepstow Comprehensive School. The route will operate via Mathern Road between Bulwark Road and Maple Avenue rather than Bulwark Shops, Pembroke Road and Channel View. It will then operate as normal to Thornwell. From Thornwell, the bus will remain on Thornwell Road rather than serving Warren Slade, Middle Way and Bulwark Avenue.

The revised route 74 will provide additional evening and Sunday buses between Chepstow, Bulwark and Thornwell. 

C2

Chepstow – St Kingsmark

No changes

C3

Chepstow – Garden City

No changes

C4

Chepstow – Beachley

No changes

72 Chepstow - Lydney No changes
T7 Magor - Chepstow - Bristol No changes
R1 Pontymister – Newport

New Monday to Sunday service replacing the current route R1 operated by Stagecoach and Adventure Travel.

The route will be Newport bus station, Queensway (Stop Q8), Bridge Street, Oakfield Road, Risca Road, High Cross, Rogerstone, Channel View, Hafod y Bryn (not on Sundays), Manor Way, Cotswold Way, Elm Drive, Risca town centre, Pontymister Tesco Extra (not on Sundays).

R2 Pontymister – Ynys-ddu

New service replacing the current route R2 operated by Stagecoach.

The route will be Pontymister Tesco Extra, Risca town centre, Darran Road, Fernlea, Holly Road, Ty Sign, Manor Way, Manor Road, Channel View, Herbert Avenue, Rogerstone; Rivermead Way, Morrisons, A467, Pontymister Tesco Extra, A467, Wattsville, Brynawel, Cwmfelinfach and Ynys-ddu.

DRT31

Marshfield, Castleton, St Brides demand-responsive service

This service will be withdrawn after operation on Saturday 30 March 2024 and replaced with the new routes 31A & 31C – see routes 31A/C above for more details.

DRT62

Llanwern, Redwick, Bishton demand-responsive service

No changes

DRT63

Goldcliff, Whitson, Wetlands, Nash demand-responsive service

No changes