LAST week we featured a picture of the Station Approach, Newport, with taxis waiting outside in 1923.

The photographer is in front of the train station with Cambrian Road to the right.

After this picture was taken, the approach was widened, losing the Rialto cinema on the corner of High Street.

THIS is Newport’s station approach. The photo was taken from the footbridge over the railway.

From the style of the taxis it looks to date from the 1920’s.

In the top right hand corner was the entrance to the GWR goods yard where there was a constant flow of horse drawn wagons which were later replaced with the famous three wheeled Scammell Mechanical Horse and later again with the flat fronted battery tractor.

In the 1950’s/1960’s the shops opposite the taxis were a small boy's delight - Edwards Sports sold Hornby Dublo model railways, Dinky models and model aeroplane kits. Henry Cordy and Son the gents outfitters were opposite.

Off the photo to the right was the GWR railway station with its imposing semi circular ticket hall where the staff stood behind green painted iron grills to serve you your tickets.

Dave Woolven, Newport

THE Now and Then is the Newport station approach and the big building was the national bank which turned into the Tredegar Arms pub.

Also the Corn Exchange was there which had the Post Office, The Murenger House. Opposite was the South Wales Argus offices.

Also there was a Savoy Hotel and the post office had telegram boys at the time. And the King Heads which has now closed.

The Arcade was also in the area. I think there was a men’s clothes wear called Burtons.

M Reardon, Newport