Delayed Newport bus station to open Saturday

South Wales Argus: UNHAPPY: Traders Johanna Davies, Karen Sheppard and Sathan Thomas (who works with Johanna) are upset about loss of trade caused by delays to the bus station opening UNHAPPY: Traders Johanna Davies, Karen Sheppard and Sathan Thomas (who works with Johanna) are upset about loss of trade caused by delays to the bus station opening

A NEW bus station which was meant to be open before Christmas will now be open two days after Boxing Day after months of delays.

Meanwhile the Welsh business minister has suggested that problems with design had hit the project – disputing claims that confirmation of a grant had held it up.

Newport council said that the new bus terminal, which is expected to cater to between two and three million passenger a year, will open on Saturday, December 28.

Councillor Ken Critchley, Newport City Council cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “It is excellent news that the terminus will open on the weekend.

“I appreciate that the delay to its completion has been trying and I have shared that frustration.”

Cllr Critchley previously stated that a delay to a grant from the Welsh Government for the station held up the project, which was meant to have been finished by last summer, for two months.

He also said that ground condition issues and other “contractural matters” had hit the scheme.

But a letter from business minister Edwina Hart to Gwent Tory AM Mohammad Asghar says the timing of the confirmation of the grant would “not have impacted on the scheme’s progress. She wrote that quarterly progress reports submitted by the South East Wales Transport Alliance to the Welsh Government “indicate there have been problems associated with ground conditions and design.”

Johanna Davies, owner of Joan Davies the Florist on Upper Dock Street, said the delays had been “absolutely disgusting”. She said customers are thin on the ground.

Newport council said formal confirmation of the second phase of funding for the scheme was expected before the start of the 2013/14 financial year, but after the transport portfolio was transferred to Mrs Hart in March she reviewed all 13/14 projects and funding was confirmed in April. Until that was confirmed the authority could not go out to tender for fitting out the station until the start of May or award the contract until June.

“We were in no way blaming the minister or the Welsh Government but trying to explain one of the reasons why the project was delayed,” a spokeswoman said.

A probe into the reasons for the delay is ongoing.

The Welsh Government has funded the project to the tune of £900,000.

Services currently using part of the old bus station will transfer to the new terminus, while other services will continue to use temporary stops around the bus station as demolition work continues. As a result of thethe former bus station’sfull closure of , new temporary taxi ranks for Hackney cabs will also come into operate on at Baneswell Road, from 6pm to 6am, on Queensway from 11pm to 6am, at North Street for 24 hours, at Corn Street from 10am-6am, and Upper Dock Street.

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12:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

sperduti says...

the new bus station will not solve newports problems!! we need car parks with free parking 24/7 , especially once the new shops do finally arrive!!!! plus the town itself needs a good clean the pavements at stow hill are terrible and right through town as well , having the boarded up shops don't help either all in all it looks scruffy .
the new bus station will not solve newports problems!! we need car parks with free parking 24/7 , especially once the new shops do finally arrive!!!! plus the town itself needs a good clean the pavements at stow hill are terrible and right through town as well , having the boarded up shops don't help either all in all it looks scruffy . sperduti

12:35pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Lord coed melyn says...

I TOLD YOU THEY HELD ON TILL XMAS AS I SAID IN SEPTEMBER. SEE YOU IN FEB 2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I TOLD YOU THEY HELD ON TILL XMAS AS I SAID IN SEPTEMBER. SEE YOU IN FEB 2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR. Lord coed melyn

12:42pm Tue 24 Dec 13

VoiceOfDaPort says...

I walked past there yesterday, there was nobody working on the site, roofing panels were still missing on the inside towards the top and the footpath along the market is still not done.

So are they saying it will be open but not finished?
I walked past there yesterday, there was nobody working on the site, roofing panels were still missing on the inside towards the top and the footpath along the market is still not done. So are they saying it will be open but not finished? VoiceOfDaPort

1:19pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Abertillery29 says...

Yet more pathetic excuses and 'its not our fault' between Newport CC and WAG. When will someong from either stand up and say 'our fault' and then do the honourable thing and resign. Yet again WAG throwing money around like confetti - its our money PLEASE spend it mose wisely.
Yet more pathetic excuses and 'its not our fault' between Newport CC and WAG. When will someong from either stand up and say 'our fault' and then do the honourable thing and resign. Yet again WAG throwing money around like confetti - its our money PLEASE spend it mose wisely. Abertillery29

1:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Mr Angry says...

This is truly wonderful news, something else for everybody to have a moan about- happy days !
This is truly wonderful news, something else for everybody to have a moan about- happy days ! Mr Angry

3:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

portman says...

Its is no where near finished ,where are the electronic indicator boards,seating,perim
eter fencing is incomplete what a disgrace!
Its is no where near finished ,where are the electronic indicator boards,seating,perim eter fencing is incomplete what a disgrace! portman

4:33pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jaggededge says...

The work men must be off til jan2 close down for Xmas?
The work men must be off til jan2 close down for Xmas? jaggededge

5:17pm Tue 24 Dec 13

33daverave says...

It's nowhere near finished , a total embarrasment.
If the Council Clerk of the Works won't resign he should be sacked.You should also hear what the contractors have to say about the Council , but I can't print it as it's a family newspaper.
It's nowhere near finished , a total embarrasment. If the Council Clerk of the Works won't resign he should be sacked.You should also hear what the contractors have to say about the Council , but I can't print it as it's a family newspaper. 33daverave

6:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

asI said in a previous post-the Millenium Stadium was actually built in two years-this is now a serious joke.
asI said in a previous post-the Millenium Stadium was actually built in two years-this is now a serious joke. merlin the silure

6:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Robodad says...

Abertillery29 wrote:
Yet more pathetic excuses and 'its not our fault' between Newport CC and WAG. When will someong from either stand up and say 'our fault' and then do the honourable thing and resign. Yet again WAG throwing money around like confetti - its our money PLEASE spend it mose wisely.
Who or what are WAG?
[quote][p][bold]Abertillery29[/bold] wrote: Yet more pathetic excuses and 'its not our fault' between Newport CC and WAG. When will someong from either stand up and say 'our fault' and then do the honourable thing and resign. Yet again WAG throwing money around like confetti - its our money PLEASE spend it mose wisely.[/p][/quote]Who or what are WAG? Robodad

7:47pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Abertillery29 says...

Welsh assembly/Government
Welsh assembly/Government Abertillery29

9:13pm Tue 24 Dec 13

foxy3rd says...

The old bus station used to operate out of the exact same location,almost all old type heavy double deckers.There were no ground condition problems then, funny that.
The old bus station used to operate out of the exact same location,almost all old type heavy double deckers.There were no ground condition problems then, funny that. foxy3rd

10:31pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Stan Edwards says...

Open just in time for Christmas
Open just in time for Christmas Stan Edwards

7:36am Wed 25 Dec 13

inkyskin says...

open saturday...ok..but what year?
open saturday...ok..but what year? inkyskin

2:01pm Wed 25 Dec 13

SussyW says...

Lol but not many of actual NT buses going to be going from there! x2 stands for Cardiff buses (So just commuters then not anyone who's going to actually stop and shop in Newport) and a load of Stagecoach so again commuters! Waste of time!
Lol but not many of actual NT buses going to be going from there! x2 stands for Cardiff buses (So just commuters then not anyone who's going to actually stop and shop in Newport) and a load of Stagecoach so again commuters! Waste of time! SussyW

6:30pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

33daverave wrote:
It's nowhere near finished , a total embarrasment.
If the Council Clerk of the Works won't resign he should be sacked.You should also hear what the contractors have to say about the Council , but I can't print it as it's a family newspaper.
More to save face I expect. It is clearly not really ready but to have it go out to 2014 would be even more embarrising for them. Newport Council keep up there track record of endless delays to projects and endless cost over runs

Still we have another tin shed to match the railway one
[quote][p][bold]33daverave[/bold] wrote: It's nowhere near finished , a total embarrasment. If the Council Clerk of the Works won't resign he should be sacked.You should also hear what the contractors have to say about the Council , but I can't print it as it's a family newspaper.[/p][/quote]More to save face I expect. It is clearly not really ready but to have it go out to 2014 would be even more embarrising for them. Newport Council keep up there track record of endless delays to projects and endless cost over runs Still we have another tin shed to match the railway one Bobevans

11:47am Thu 26 Dec 13

inkyskin says...

going by this, can't wait for the new friars walk shopping centre to be open in 2025!
going by this, can't wait for the new friars walk shopping centre to be open in 2025! inkyskin

7:17pm Thu 26 Dec 13

chrisbart says...

The Empire State Building only took slightly longer to build than this this glorified bus shelter. It is a total disgrace!
The Empire State Building only took slightly longer to build than this this glorified bus shelter. It is a total disgrace! chrisbart

3:57pm Fri 27 Dec 13

minesapint says...

Just came back from town no way on God'searth is that bus station ready to open tomorow absolute shambles council should hang its head in shame for it's shoddy disregard to the hard working and loyal market traders,
Just came back from town no way on God'searth is that bus station ready to open tomorow absolute shambles council should hang its head in shame for it's shoddy disregard to the hard working and loyal market traders, minesapint

8:35pm Fri 27 Dec 13

russ angel says...

This is the entertainment of the century,please dont stop,I cant get enough.I t's nearly as good as the Two Ronnies years ago.
This is the entertainment of the century,please dont stop,I cant get enough.I t's nearly as good as the Two Ronnies years ago. russ angel

10:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

russ angel wrote:
This is the entertainment of the century,please dont stop,I cant get enough.I t's nearly as good as the Two Ronnies years ago.
The only non entertaining bit is our local councillor jokers paid almost a £1 Million for this tin shed.
[quote][p][bold]russ angel[/bold] wrote: This is the entertainment of the century,please dont stop,I cant get enough.I t's nearly as good as the Two Ronnies years ago.[/p][/quote]The only non entertaining bit is our local councillor jokers paid almost a £1 Million for this tin shed. Bobevans

11:03am Sat 28 Dec 13

Nptman2003 says...

Very poorly designed, how do passengers see what bus is coming when you cant even see out due to having opague glass. In my 35 years of working in public transport I've never encountered a bus station that you cant see the bus approaching. It's hard to understand why anyone would think this is an acceptable terminal!
Very poorly designed, how do passengers see what bus is coming when you cant even see out due to having opague glass. In my 35 years of working in public transport I've never encountered a bus station that you cant see the bus approaching. It's hard to understand why anyone would think this is an acceptable terminal! Nptman2003

5:28pm Mon 30 Dec 13

bluebanana says...

sperduti wrote:
the new bus station will not solve newports problems!! we need car parks with free parking 24/7 , especially once the new shops do finally arrive!!!! plus the town itself needs a good clean the pavements at stow hill are terrible and right through town as well , having the boarded up shops don't help either all in all it looks scruffy .
How are car parks going to improve public transport?! There will always be a need for a bus station and this article is about a bus station, not 'Newport's problems'.

Fact is, the more traffic in town, the harder it will be for busses (and other cars) to move around. So in my view, no, it doesn't need more car parks unless there is also significant improvements to road design, layout, traffic management etc As for whether parking should be free.....if you can afford to run a car, you can afford to pay a small sum for parking.
[quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: the new bus station will not solve newports problems!! we need car parks with free parking 24/7 , especially once the new shops do finally arrive!!!! plus the town itself needs a good clean the pavements at stow hill are terrible and right through town as well , having the boarded up shops don't help either all in all it looks scruffy .[/p][/quote]How are car parks going to improve public transport?! There will always be a need for a bus station and this article is about a bus station, not 'Newport's problems'. Fact is, the more traffic in town, the harder it will be for busses (and other cars) to move around. So in my view, no, it doesn't need more car parks unless there is also significant improvements to road design, layout, traffic management etc As for whether parking should be free.....if you can afford to run a car, you can afford to pay a small sum for parking. bluebanana

11:12am Tue 31 Dec 13

collis2k3 says...

I'm one of the unlucky ones to be using this bus shelter, and to be honest, the shelters on the kings way are better. The ceiling panels only go up half way, the lights match the ceiling panels, no display to see what bus to expect next at this stop, barely any seating (and what is there who puts 2 rows of seats facing each other so you cant see the buses?) parts of the shelter left hanging or balanced on top of the doorways (which also don't work) ready to fall of onto a passenger. I cant believe it took 2 years for this to be built...
I'm one of the unlucky ones to be using this bus shelter, and to be honest, the shelters on the kings way are better. The ceiling panels only go up half way, the lights match the ceiling panels, no display to see what bus to expect next at this stop, barely any seating (and what is there who puts 2 rows of seats facing each other so you cant see the buses?) parts of the shelter left hanging or balanced on top of the doorways (which also don't work) ready to fall of onto a passenger. I cant believe it took 2 years for this to be built... collis2k3

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