Thursday 3 February 2022

Newport, Nice Or Nasty? (Part 1)

Transporter ... 

Newport's Transporter |Bridge, smaller than its cousin at Middlesbrough ...
... was once an important through route fro residents. It linked residential area of the town with heavy industry on the other side of the River Usk.
The traditional heavy industry has, largely, been replaced with warehousing and "logistics", industrties which employ less people. The residential areas are in decline aslight industry encroaches, brought there by a modern A48 dual carriageway.
Behind the sound barrier is some of the "old" Newport including a couple of huge pubs that would one have been well filled with thirst workers on their way home.
The map looks very different now ...
... and the Transporter is closed! Boo!
But it is due to re-open in 2023.

It is an exciting time for the Newport Transporter Bridge. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Welsh Government and Newport City Council we will carry out extensive restoration of the bridge structure and construct a new visitor centre. Therefore, the site will remain closed now until Spring 2023. 

We are developing a programme of behind the scenes videos from site including interviews with our specialist teams to keep the public up to date with the progress and how to get involved. 

Please follow us on social media @NpTBridge for further updates or email 

And yes, fbb and family have ridden therupon complete with vehicle, but some years ago when the kiddied were little and plianble for such excitement!

... And Transport

In 1901, the Newport Corporation took over the town's horse-drawn bus service, establishing a municipal bus operation.

Motorbus services began in April 1924. although the corporation was prohibited from running services beyond Rogerstone and Langstone without the assent of local councils by the Newport Corporation Act 1925. This prohibition was not removed until 1981.

Following passage of the Transport Act 1985, which deregulated the UK bus network and required local councils to transfer the functions of their bus operations to commercial entities, a stand-alone company limited by shares was incorporated on 10 March 1986. Initially named Newport Buses Ltd, the company was renamed Newport Transport Ltd on 9 October 1986, before formally taking over operation of bus services in Newport from the Borough Transport Department on 26 October 1986.

Buses origonally wore a very conventionsl "muiciapel" livery of green with cream band.
Over the years, various shades of green and cream have been used ...
... including some with a huge orange "thung" on the side.
The orange "thing" is more correctly known as the Newport Wave, a public artwork.
There have been some other swirly variants ...
... and even a reversion to plain green.
The present logo can best be described as "different"!
But that too, has variatrions!
Currently, the council company is very proud of its record on electric buses.
A quck glance at on-line pictures seems to show the buses in good nick ...
... and they used to be very keen on Scanias!
There is also a range of what woyuld one be called something like "Dial-a-Ride" butr are known as "fflecsi" in Welsh. Our multi-lingual readers may wish to attempt a translation!
To an outsider, it all seems very encouraging.

So what lies behind this headline in the local rag?
Summats up!

More romorrow.

The quiz sheet from the fbbs' monthly Christian meeting. This bit is mainly secular!
The two  bits sit side by side on the printed leaflet!
The theme of the leaflet is "Jesus, the Light of the World" with Bible quotes based on the William Holman Hunt painting of the same title.

 Next Newport blog : Friday 4th February 

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