Cardiff & Newport Buses
During the hot and
sunny summer of 2014 the independent transport videos cameras
paid a visit to south Wales and in particular the capital city of the
principality, Cardiff as well as the busy town of Newport. We start our journey in Cardiff where the
main bus operator is Cardiff City Transport Services Ltd, who’s vehicles are
branded as ‘Cardiff bus’. The fleet is
very well maintained and carries a smart deep aqua green and orange livery. A number of the older vehicles in the fleet,
mostly Dennis Darts still carry the older dark green, orange and cream
livery. However, there are some branded
liveries such as ‘The Bay car’ and ‘Capital city Green’ to add further
variety. The fleet is very modern with
brand new Mercedes-Benz Citaros as well as a large fleet of Scanias with both
Scania and Wrightbus Solar bodies representing single deckers and double deck
Scanias with East Lancs Olympus bodies.
There are also nineteen articulated Scania single deckers in the fleet. Dennis and TransBus Darts with Pointer bodies
are in abundance as well as twelve ADL Enviro 300s.
Our filming takes place in the city centre in
over ten different locations. Starting
in St Mary Street we include Westgate Street and Wood Street outside of the bus
station where we also see some of the operations of Stagecoach, National
Express, First, and vehicles from Newport Transport operating on the busy
competing service between the two towns.
Other locations include Duke Street and Kingsway to name but a few. After a busy day our filming concludes
outside Cardiff Castle.
We then have
some archive video for you to enjoy.
Taken in Cardiff bus station in 1990 we see one of the then brand new
Optare Metroriders as well as a Bristol VR and a Leyland National from the Red
& White fleet.
Our attention now
turns to Newport. We start with some
archive video of the old bus station in 1992 featuring Newport Transport buses,
Red & White and a number of independents going about their business. Then after a brief visit to the Corporation
Road bus depot in January 2007 we bring the story up-to-date with our visit in
September 2014 showing the current fleet in operation. Like Cardiff, Newport Transport Ltd., branded
as ‘Newport Bus’ is a very smart and modern fleet. The newest double deckers are five Enviro
400s in the latest livery of mid green and white with a yellow flash. Older vehicles wear a dark green and white
livery, some with a stylised logo. There
is a large fleet of Scania OmniCity buses as well as Alexander ALX200 Dennis
Darts. Other double deckers include
ALX400s and two Plaxton Presidents previously owned by Metroline. Our filming takes place around the town
centre and includes Emlyn Street, Skinner Street and Clarence Place. Our cameras then move to Chepstow, where
Newport Transport operates the local services with some of the buses branded as
such. We hope you enjoy the action on
this DVD programme!
|| 2014 & 1990s
|| 75 minutes (approx).
|| Within UK - £16
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9