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City prepares for golf fan influx
Ian Woosnam
Welshman Ian Woosnam will captain the Ryder Cup team in 2006
Major traffic plans are being drawn up in Newport in order to cope with the tens of thousands of golfing fans expected for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Watched by a huge global TV audience, it is estimated to be the third largest sporting event after the Olympics and football World Cup.

Newport Council is planning how to manage the infrastructure to cope with fans travelling to the Celtic Manor.

Three major park-and-ride schemes are being planned to bus fans to the site.

It is likely that redundant parts of the Llanwern steelworks site will be used to house the three car parks from which buses will be available to transport golf fans to the Celtic Manor resort.

The brownfield site is due to be redeveloped into housing but not until after the tournament.

Parts of the LG site could be used for people arriving from the west side of the city.

Celtic Manor
The tournament will be held at the Celtic Manor resort

Major improvements are also planned at the city's railway station and roads in time for the event.

Newport is already undergoing a tranformation with the construction of a new arts centre and the planned regeneration of the city centre with work on a 200m shopping centre development due to start later this year.

Mr Freegard from Newport Council said 2010 was a key date in terms of the regeneration of the city and that advance planning was vital to ensure success of the golfing event.

"By ensuring that there is advanced logistical planning at such an early stage we can ensure that Newport reaps the maximum benefits of staging such an enormous event," he said.

"The next 12 months will be vital as the city sees more physical regeneration taking place in the city centre with the removal of eyesore car parks and the new foot and cycle bridge will be completed.

"With all the regeneration that is taking place in the years leading up to 2010, I believe the Ryder Cup and its legacy will transform people's perceptions of Newport - not just of those outside the city but also the people who live here," he added.

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