Shuttlebus link rail passengers charged more for online tickets

LINK: Reporter David Deans boards the shuttle bus at Rogerstone

LINK: Reporter David Deans boards the shuttle bus at Rogerstone

First published in Gwent news

PASSENGERS using the Ebbw Vale to Newport rail/shuttlebus route are being charged more for booking online.

The problem arises because the online booking system doesn’t recognise the connecting bus service between Rogerstone and Newport.

Single tickets booked from Ebbw Vale Parkway to Newport through Arriva Trains Wales’ website or at TheTrainLine.com are charged at £8.90 for a single and day return tickets are £9.80. The w e b s i t e s route people via C a r d i f f Central.

Singles to Cardiff via the web are £5, while d a y returns are £7.

Tickets to Newport can also be bought at Arriva TrainsWales booking offices, from conductors, and on the bus. Buying tickets via one of these options cost £3.80 for a return and £2.70 for a single John Griffiths, AM for Newport East, said: “In part, whether or not the passenger rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport goes ahead depends on the usage of the bus link.

“Anything that deters or makes it more difficult for people to use that service could undermine the case for the rail link.”

The Argus has campaigned for a rail link between Ebbw Vale and Newport for a decade.

In January the Welsh Government-funded rail link service, run by Stagecoach, was launched between Rogerstone railway station and Newport, as a 12-month trial to gauge demand for direct passenger trains.

Arriva TrainsWales said to put the tickets on the internet would require a further investment, which hasn’t been made.

A spokeswoman for thetrainline.com said: “Thetrainline.com sells train tickets on behalf of train companies across the country including Arriva Trains Wales which operates this route.

“Unfortunately this means we are not able to set train routes or fares for the tickets which are available to customers on our website.”

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11:34am Fri 4 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

"Whether or not the passenger rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport goes ahead depends on the usage of the bus link."

That is a nonsense because more people are likely to use a direct service as has been proven with demand for the existing services. The powers-that-be need to stop finding excuses and jet get on with it!
"Whether or not the passenger rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport goes ahead depends on the usage of the bus link." That is a nonsense because more people are likely to use a direct service as has been proven with demand for the existing services. The powers-that-be need to stop finding excuses and jet get on with it! Owain Vaughan
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11:35am Fri 4 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

"Whether or not the passenger rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport goes ahead depends on the usage of the bus link."

That is a nonsense because more people are likely to use a direct service as has been proven with demand for the existing services. The powers-that-be need to stop finding excuses and just get on with it!
"Whether or not the passenger rail link from Ebbw Vale to Newport goes ahead depends on the usage of the bus link." That is a nonsense because more people are likely to use a direct service as has been proven with demand for the existing services. The powers-that-be need to stop finding excuses and just get on with it! Owain Vaughan
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11:47am Fri 4 May 12

Bobevans says...

The bus service is pointless. Without a direct rail link passengers will travel by bus rather than use the train and change to a bus.

You can see that from the fact that the bus runs around empty all day long
The bus service is pointless. Without a direct rail link passengers will travel by bus rather than use the train and change to a bus. You can see that from the fact that the bus runs around empty all day long Bobevans
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11:48am Fri 4 May 12

Dee-Gee says...

Very true. Newport's deliberate sidelining by the Welsh Government is intolerable and has to stop. Joining up with a future English Regional Assembly would be preferable to this apparent policy of (mis)managed decline that our representatives are continually having to fight against.
Very true. Newport's deliberate sidelining by the Welsh Government is intolerable and has to stop. Joining up with a future English Regional Assembly would be preferable to this apparent policy of (mis)managed decline that our representatives are continually having to fight against. Dee-Gee
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12:29pm Fri 4 May 12

Bobevans says...

South East Wales would be better served by restoring the historic county of Monmouthshire and it becoming semi indpendent of Wales and linked to England

The prosperity of South East Wales would be better served by closer links to South West England & the West Country

A key tranport link needed is a rail link to Heathrow. It would be low cost to do this as the line alreaady passes close to Heathrow and it would also serve the West Country

The value of a direct rail link to the UK's International Hub airport would be invaluable. It would put Heathrow withing an ! 1/2 of Heathrow. Thats quicker than it is from parts of London
South East Wales would be better served by restoring the historic county of Monmouthshire and it becoming semi indpendent of Wales and linked to England The prosperity of South East Wales would be better served by closer links to South West England & the West Country A key tranport link needed is a rail link to Heathrow. It would be low cost to do this as the line alreaady passes close to Heathrow and it would also serve the West Country The value of a direct rail link to the UK's International Hub airport would be invaluable. It would put Heathrow withing an ! 1/2 of Heathrow. Thats quicker than it is from parts of London Bobevans
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12:42pm Fri 4 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

This is a momentous occasion! I agree with something Bob says! Dee-Gee is right as well!
This is a momentous occasion! I agree with something Bob says! Dee-Gee is right as well! Owain Vaughan
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12:43pm Fri 4 May 12

Mr Angry says...

The English Democrats have been trying for years to get Monmouthsire back into England.

They dont get any votes Bob I thought you'd have noticed.
The English Democrats have been trying for years to get Monmouthsire back into England. They dont get any votes Bob I thought you'd have noticed. Mr Angry
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2:21pm Fri 4 May 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Maybe they'll get a few more the next time they stand. This can't be allowed to go on. Cardiff gets an Enterprise Zone. Newport gets nothing. Cardiff gets illogically connected to the Monmouthshire western valley. Newport gets nothing (but excuses).
Maybe they'll get a few more the next time they stand. This can't be allowed to go on. Cardiff gets an Enterprise Zone. Newport gets nothing. Cardiff gets illogically connected to the Monmouthshire western valley. Newport gets nothing (but excuses). Owain Vaughan
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11:35pm Fri 4 May 12

Dee-Gee says...

The English Democrat Party... aren't they the political wing of the English Defense League? The English Defense League being the bunch of frothing nutters who would "defend" me from Mr & Mrs Ali down the road by deploying an angry bunch of skinheads to "sort out" my *entirely non-existent* problem with Mr & Mrs Ali?

If so, there's a **** good reason these people don't get votes.
The English Democrat Party... aren't they the political wing of the English Defense League? The English Defense League being the bunch of frothing nutters who would "defend" me from Mr & Mrs Ali down the road by deploying an angry bunch of skinheads to "sort out" my *entirely non-existent* problem with Mr & Mrs Ali? If so, there's a **** good reason these people don't get votes. Dee-Gee
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