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Newport makes bus journeys free this December


A festive scheme to encourage people to use local businesses in a sustainable way in the run-up to Christmas is being launched by Newport City Council

It will be paying for people’s local bus journeys from Monday to Saturday (excluding Sundays) between 1 and 24 December.

Free bus travel will be available on all journeys that start and end within the city boundaries on services run by a registered operator.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “This initiative is aimed at providing a boost for our wonderful local businesses as well as encouraging the use of more sustainable transport.

“Buses are a great way of getting around the city to do your shopping or to meet up with friends and family. We have excellent businesses, including many fantastic independent traders, that deserve everyone’s support.

“The focus on the climate and the future has never been greater. We all can do our bit by staying local as much as possible and using alternatives to our cars.

“This will also help those within our communities who struggle financially, especially at Christmas, as they try to put food on the table and buy presents for their loved ones.

“I very much hope we will see more people on our buses this December, in our shops and hospitality venues. Please remember, however, to keep safe, wear masks where required and follow the other guidelines to protect yourselves, your loved ones and others.”

The scheme will operate alongside existing concessionary fare eligibility. Services that start or terminate outside the city boundary would be excluded and subject to the regular fare.