Newport firms on the up as new bus station opens

Rachel Haines at her curry kitchen at the Newport Indoor Market

Rachel Haines at her curry kitchen at the Newport Indoor Market

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NEWPORT Market traders say business is finally on the up now the new bus station has opened in Market Square.

Butcher Mike Turner described seeing “throngs of people” getting off buses and coming through the market, adding: “It can be very quiet one minute, then you can see a dozen coming through so obviously there’s been a few buses just pulled in. Hopefully we’ll fill the market stalls back up and get back to how it used to be.”

He said parking in Newport explained some of the decline in footfall.

He said: “They’ve got the brand new car park down at the new development but some of the elderly do find it too far.”

Expected to cater for between two and three million passengers a year, the new station was due to open in October but delays held it up until December 28.

Chris Hill, 68, who owns Chilly’s sweet shop, has worked in the market for 22 years.

He said: “Last year was a horrendous year.

“It was the worst year we have had for a long time – things are coming back up hopefully.

“A lot of people are discovering the market is here because they’re getting off the bus and popping in. Having the bus ticket office here helps as well.”

He echoed concerns about parking, saying: “If the council really wanted to lift the centre they’d have free parking. That puts a lot of people off.”

Meanwhile Rachel Haines of Rachel’s Curry Kitchen has seen an influx of trade both from bus passengers and dieters keen to shed a few pounds. She has linked up with WeightWatchers groups in Pontypool and Cwmbran and is even delivering her curries to WeightWatchers’ groups as demand grows.

She said: “We were so busy yesterday it was unreal. A lot of people are saying, ‘I haven’t been in the market in years.’ They say, ‘I remember that unit, it used to be so-and-so’s.’”

Joanne Hugh, of Ron Hugh pet supplies, said: “It seems to have brought more people into the market – more than just the regulars, a lot we haven’t seen before, or people we haven’t seen for a long time.

“The atmosphere all round is generally better.”

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8:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

bodlondon says...

Good to hear some positive news for retailers in the market - they have had to put up with a lot lately
Good to hear some positive news for retailers in the market - they have had to put up with a lot lately bodlondon
  • Score: 28

8:43am Fri 24 Jan 14

gathin says...

The poor market traders have really suffered under various ridiculous councils and their hairbrained ideas. Of course the councils have pandered to the multi-nationals (of which I believe there are over 30 supermarkets in town) but at last they're looking after the very people that make Newport what it is- and that has nothing to do with faceless corporations!
The poor market traders have really suffered under various ridiculous councils and their hairbrained ideas. Of course the councils have pandered to the multi-nationals (of which I believe there are over 30 supermarkets in town) but at last they're looking after the very people that make Newport what it is- and that has nothing to do with faceless corporations! gathin
  • Score: 14

9:00am Fri 24 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

It looks dreary and uninviting at present. Why hasn't the digital display been put back ? or a clock there ? there seems confusion with passengers which bus stops where and the green facade obscure from view bus numbers. As always FIRST IMPRESSIONS count. There should be a cafe or something there as well, for passengers waiting for buses to arrive and leave. I still think the market has a way to go to increase footfall, it may look better from the other new entrance, not from the bus side. It's colourless and bland, not looking lively or welcoming at all. The new station looks like an afterthought, very utilitarian.
It looks dreary and uninviting at present. Why hasn't the digital display been put back ? or a clock there ? there seems confusion with passengers which bus stops where and the green facade obscure from view bus numbers. As always FIRST IMPRESSIONS count. There should be a cafe or something there as well, for passengers waiting for buses to arrive and leave. I still think the market has a way to go to increase footfall, it may look better from the other new entrance, not from the bus side. It's colourless and bland, not looking lively or welcoming at all. The new station looks like an afterthought, very utilitarian. Mervyn James
  • Score: -14

9:38am Fri 24 Jan 14

SJR1989 says...

Mervyn James wrote:
It looks dreary and uninviting at present. Why hasn't the digital display been put back ? or a clock there ? there seems confusion with passengers which bus stops where and the green facade obscure from view bus numbers. As always FIRST IMPRESSIONS count. There should be a cafe or something there as well, for passengers waiting for buses to arrive and leave. I still think the market has a way to go to increase footfall, it may look better from the other new entrance, not from the bus side. It's colourless and bland, not looking lively or welcoming at all. The new station looks like an afterthought, very utilitarian.
I think it looks fine. It's modern and clean and serves it's purpose as a bus station; a fairly unglamorous place in 99% of cities in the UK. I'm sure once the dust has settled, a local business will spot the opportunity for a cafe, which is preferable to one run by the council anyway.

As for the market, the council doesn't have unlimited funds; they've vastly improved the primary facade of the market, what more do you want? The new location of the bus station appears to have given a boost to the market, can you not credit them with a bit of good City planning instead of referring to the infinite list of improvements? I know that people moaning about people moaning is almost annoying as the people moaning in the first place...but for God sake, give it a rest.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: It looks dreary and uninviting at present. Why hasn't the digital display been put back ? or a clock there ? there seems confusion with passengers which bus stops where and the green facade obscure from view bus numbers. As always FIRST IMPRESSIONS count. There should be a cafe or something there as well, for passengers waiting for buses to arrive and leave. I still think the market has a way to go to increase footfall, it may look better from the other new entrance, not from the bus side. It's colourless and bland, not looking lively or welcoming at all. The new station looks like an afterthought, very utilitarian.[/p][/quote]I think it looks fine. It's modern and clean and serves it's purpose as a bus station; a fairly unglamorous place in 99% of cities in the UK. I'm sure once the dust has settled, a local business will spot the opportunity for a cafe, which is preferable to one run by the council anyway. As for the market, the council doesn't have unlimited funds; they've vastly improved the primary facade of the market, what more do you want? The new location of the bus station appears to have given a boost to the market, can you not credit them with a bit of good City planning instead of referring to the infinite list of improvements? I know that people moaning about people moaning is almost annoying as the people moaning in the first place...but for God sake, give it a rest. SJR1989
  • Score: 16

10:05am Fri 24 Jan 14

Magor says...

Could be more if parking was made easier.
Could be more if parking was made easier. Magor
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10:19am Fri 24 Jan 14

russ angel says...

It's not finished though.It is still full of scaffolding,no-one seems to be working anywhere,and trying to get a bus is a nightmare.You have to walk up to each stand and read really small print to see which bus leaves which stand.I asked one of the Newport Transport drivers in the end for a Gaer bus he said he was on that route next and to wait 5 minutes,but then I didn't see him again.
It's not finished though.It is still full of scaffolding,no-one seems to be working anywhere,and trying to get a bus is a nightmare.You have to walk up to each stand and read really small print to see which bus leaves which stand.I asked one of the Newport Transport drivers in the end for a Gaer bus he said he was on that route next and to wait 5 minutes,but then I didn't see him again. russ angel
  • Score: 2

10:30am Fri 24 Jan 14

SJR1989 says...

That's not what this article is about though, is it? The bus station debate has been done to death. It isn't 100% finished, didn't meet the deadlines, delayed funding etc etc etc But it is clearly having a positive impact on local business in the Market. So for all it's apparent flaws, it is at least (hopefully) proving to be a sound piece of long term, strategic planning on the council's part.
That's not what this article is about though, is it? The bus station debate has been done to death. It isn't 100% finished, didn't meet the deadlines, delayed funding etc etc etc But it is clearly having a positive impact on local business in the Market. So for all it's apparent flaws, it is at least (hopefully) proving to be a sound piece of long term, strategic planning on the council's part. SJR1989
  • Score: 17

11:25am Fri 24 Jan 14

sperduti says...

this is great news for the struggling people in Newport trying to make a living!!!!! but they should NEVER have stopped the buses dropping off out side the market !! it killed that end of the town!!! and I hope Debenhams are finally coming as they had very poor sales recently !! keep my fingers crossed!!!
this is great news for the struggling people in Newport trying to make a living!!!!! but they should NEVER have stopped the buses dropping off out side the market !! it killed that end of the town!!! and I hope Debenhams are finally coming as they had very poor sales recently !! keep my fingers crossed!!! sperduti
  • Score: 5

11:31am Fri 24 Jan 14

Captain Tripps says...

I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .
I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price . Captain Tripps
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

sperduti says...

Captain Tripps wrote:
I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .
well said captain tripps!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Tripps[/bold] wrote: I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .[/p][/quote]well said captain tripps!!!!! sperduti
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3:36pm Fri 24 Jan 14

SussyW says...

Would help them even more if the right buses were going from there. Why x2 stands for Cardiff buses they could move the Bettws down to one of them, as passengers on that service would probably be more likely to be shopping in the Market and town , than the commuters using the station to get from one Bus to another. Same goes for the x3 stands used for the Stagecoach buses, again more likely to be commuters than shoppers!
Would help them even more if the right buses were going from there. Why x2 stands for Cardiff buses they could move the Bettws down to one of them, as passengers on that service would probably be more likely to be shopping in the Market and town , than the commuters using the station to get from one Bus to another. Same goes for the x3 stands used for the Stagecoach buses, again more likely to be commuters than shoppers! SussyW
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Great news for the market traders but I,m just saying the business down the other end of the city centre are dying and it's funny how the council spend money doing up the market years ago and now everything seems to be centred around that area
Great news for the market traders but I,m just saying the business down the other end of the city centre are dying and it's funny how the council spend money doing up the market years ago and now everything seems to be centred around that area Casnewydd lad
  • Score: -1

11:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gingertom says...

What does the dame have to say on the subject?
What does the dame have to say on the subject? gingertom
  • Score: 0

12:10am Sun 26 Jan 14

cymruamblyth says...

Captain Tripps wrote:
I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .
There's also a cafe next to the Bus Station which we regularly go and it's very good..
[quote][p][bold]Captain Tripps[/bold] wrote: I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .[/p][/quote]There's also a cafe next to the Bus Station which we regularly go and it's very good.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: 0

3:07am Sun 26 Jan 14

Tim NPT says...

Captain Tripps wrote:
I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .
You never know when the guy that runs the cafe upstairs can be bothered to open, that's the problem with the market you have some great traders that open the regulation hours 9-5 plus more, then you have the part-timers that open an shut when they feel like with many closing at 3pm making the market look closed. Try and get a bag of sweets from one of the traders mentioned in the article at 3.30pm and you'll be dissapointed!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Tripps[/bold] wrote: I think the council should let the market traders have 2 months rent free as an apology for last year's upheaval . It's about time the market is stopped from being an afterthought . As for a cafe whilst waiting for a bus there are plenty in the market . The chap upstairs does a lovely breakfast for a decent price .[/p][/quote]You never know when the guy that runs the cafe upstairs can be bothered to open, that's the problem with the market you have some great traders that open the regulation hours 9-5 plus more, then you have the part-timers that open an shut when they feel like with many closing at 3pm making the market look closed. Try and get a bag of sweets from one of the traders mentioned in the article at 3.30pm and you'll be dissapointed!!!!! Tim NPT
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 26 Jan 14

russ angel says...

SJR1989 wrote:
That's not what this article is about though, is it? The bus station debate has been done to death. It isn't 100% finished, didn't meet the deadlines, delayed funding etc etc etc But it is clearly having a positive impact on local business in the Market. So for all it's apparent flaws, it is at least (hopefully) proving to be a sound piece of long term, strategic planning on the council's part.
It says "bus station" in the headline.It isn't finished,the road is still not finished,it's all relevant to the Market.
[quote][p][bold]SJR1989[/bold] wrote: That's not what this article is about though, is it? The bus station debate has been done to death. It isn't 100% finished, didn't meet the deadlines, delayed funding etc etc etc But it is clearly having a positive impact on local business in the Market. So for all it's apparent flaws, it is at least (hopefully) proving to be a sound piece of long term, strategic planning on the council's part.[/p][/quote]It says "bus station" in the headline.It isn't finished,the road is still not finished,it's all relevant to the Market. russ angel
  • Score: 1

5:16pm Sun 26 Jan 14

jerymp says...

The ideal solution to the market`s problems would a nearby car park with trollies for it`s use then we could treat it like a supermarket but with added variety of choice without the need to carry heavy shopping bags.
This is the basic reason why supermarkets are so popular
The ideal solution to the market`s problems would a nearby car park with trollies for it`s use then we could treat it like a supermarket but with added variety of choice without the need to carry heavy shopping bags. This is the basic reason why supermarkets are so popular jerymp
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