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The Friars Walk section of Newport Central Bus Station opened to passengers on Friday 11 December, offering a full range of bus services in one location for Newport passengers.

Services ran across Newport from this date from the bays numbered 1 to 15, at the rear of the Debenhams store in Friars Walk,

with other services in bays 16 to 25 continuing to operate from Upper Dock Street, at the front of Newport Market.

The completed Newport Central Bus Station is now used by several operators including Newport Transport, Cardiff Bus, NAT, Stagecoach and First Bus from 25 bays. This means passengers can quickly and conveniently

change between local, regional and national services.

This new facility has proved an instant hit with commuters, with thousands of passengers using the new integrated bus station every day.

The buses arriving from the range of operators at the bus station are bringing passengers

in from across Newport, the Valleys and as far afield as Cardiff and Bristol.

Newport Central Bus Station is perfectly placed for commuters to enjoy the full range of leisure and retail facilities in the city centre, including exploring the city’s thriving independent retail sector and the vibrant and historic Newport Market full of passionate local traders.

Following the roaring success of their pop-up bar in May 2015 in the newly refurbished Newport Market, Tiny Rebel Brewery has returned to the city centre with the opening of their bar, the Urban Tap House.

The bar features Tiny Rebel’s award-winning beers as well as latest releases and guest ales from breweries from around the world.




A pot of £2.79million is now available to support inspirational ideas which will boost the local economy and improve life in the rural wards of Newport and Monmouthshire, known as the Vale of Usk.

Groups with ideas for new projects are encouraged to get in touch straight away to see if they could be eligible.

The backing for this is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

It is available until 2020 for the Vale of Usk, a region defined by the rural wards of Monmouthshire (which have benefitted from RDP funding for the past 14 years) and the rural Newport wards of Llanwern and Marshfield, able to benefit for the first time.

(Funds can also benefit Monmouthshire’s market towns and the Newport wards of Graig, Caerleon and Langstone.)

Community groups and business partnerships will be able to apply for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs – development costs which might include expert advice, training, research and pilot projects.

Groups with innovative ideas needing funding are invited to get in touch to find out if they are eligible and how to apply. Groups are also strongly encouraged to start discussions early to ensure their developing ideas support the project’s masterplan and the Vale of Usk Local Development Strategy, which can be found on the website visit

For more information phone 01633 748311 or email: zarabligh@

The new councillor for the Bettws ward of Newport City Council is Janet Elizabeth Cleverly, who stood as an Independent councillor.

Councillor Cleverly is replacing Noel Trigg who has retired due to ill health.

Cllr Cleverly, a former youth and community worker, won the seat with 336 votes.

Runner up was Glynn Kenneth Jarvis with 294 votes. Mr Jarvis stood as a Welsh Labour party candidate.

Third was Jason Alan Jordan who stood as an Independent and gained 275 votes.

The other candidates were Paul Gordon L’Allier who stood for the Welsh Liberal Democrats (7 votes); Peter Ashley Cifford Varley who stood for the Wales Green Party (29 votes) and Lewis Craig Williams who was the Welsh Conservative Party candidate (114 votes).

Councillor Cleverly has lived in Bettws for more than 40 years and is well known to many residents through her past work with community youth groups.

If anyone has any issues they would like to raise with Cllr Cleverly please email her at

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