Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Trip to Stone / Trent Vale 17-01-2017
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonStoneCharterShelton Care Group
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67603Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to Grandma's, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00. He got dressed and had a sausage sandwich and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and we set off onto the A5035 and we crossed over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn lane and right again into Pacific Drive. After we picked up another service user we headed back onto New Inn Lane and then onto the A5035. We turned left at Church Road and then we went Forwards onto Blurton Road through Blurton and across the A50. We went through Heron Cross and onto Heron Street. Having crossed the railway line we Turned left onto Christchurch Street and to our destination. In the morning Matthew went to Flip Out in Stone on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We got on bus and we set off onto Glebedale Road and we continued onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went through to Heron Cross. We travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we went forwards onto Church Road. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and we ran down to the A34. At Trentham Gardens we turned left and we headed down the A34 to Stone. We ran South for around 5 miles past the town and then we turned right into the industrial estate and up to the unit. At Flip Out Matthew went to the toilet and then went on the trampolines. After a strenuous session Matthew returned to Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU for the journey back to Fenton. We left the industrial estate and we ran down to the A34. We went North for 5 miles and then we turned right onto the A5035. We ran over the railway line into Blurton and we turned left onto Church Road. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton up to Heron Cross. We went forwards onto Heron Street and and we followed the road around onto Station Bridge Road. We went onto Glebedale Roadand to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had pizza and chips followed by cake. In the afternoon Matthew walked to The Range for to do some shopping. We set off onto City Road. As we crossed over the road to the Baths we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 614.


Copeland's Tours MIB 614 in Fenton
We walked to the bottom of City Road and we crossed over. In The Range Matthew went to the cafe and had a drink of Coke. After we had finished Matthew returned to the day centre up City Road. When it was time to go home we went on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we continued onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went through to Heron Cross. We traveled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we went forwards onto Church Road. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and then right into New Inn Lane. After dropping of a service user we got back onto the A5035 and we ran into Blurton. We got home just before 15:00. Matthew took a picture of Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX before it returned to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
Matthew had toast and a can of Coke whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. Matthew had seen the bus earlier in the day and it was First Potteries 67603. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67603 as expected.


First Potteries 67603 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle and we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we saw First Potteries 67643 & Aimee's minibus KE05 MMF before we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We passed white minibus YK08 PVA and we turned right into New Inn Lane. We ran up the hill and we entered Hanford. As we turned right into Wilson Road we saw First Potteries 67152 on the #21 to the Trentham Hotel. We then turned left into Church Lane. We joined the A34 and we saw black minibus YJ64 BXG. We headed into Trent Vale and we turned right into Harpfields Road. We continued onto Hilton Road and we saw First Potteries 53209 on the final #22 turn. We turned left into the hospital we saw First Potteries 32632 on a #25 to Hanley and Magnum PJ62 BKO. We turned right onto the A34 and a couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67603 as it carried on towards the bus station.


First Potteries 67603 in Newcastle
We crossed over the A34 and we then walked back towards Grandma's house. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. We said goodbye to Grandma around 18:30. We set off onto Occupation Street and we turned left onto Victoria Road. We turned right onto West Street and left onto marsh Parade. We joind the A52 and we ran up the hill to Hartshill. At the roundabout we went onto the B5405. We ran along Shelton New Road and we turned by the old Twyfords factory. We ran under the A53 before joining the Eastbound carriageway. We ran through Etruria and up through Cobridge and onto Sandbach Road where we saw Stanton's of Stoke coach 82 HBC. We ran into Smallthorne via Sneyd Hill. We crossed the roundabouts and we ran down Ford Green Road. We turned left onto Fell Street and right onto Coseley Street where we dropped something off. we went forwards onto Duddell Road to drop something off. We then rejoined Chell Heath Road and we turned right onto Ford Green Road. We ran around Saturn Road, Mars Street and Jupiter Street and we stopped again. Whilst stopped we saw D&G 161 & First Potteries 42892 on the #8 to Ball Green. We ran back up to Smallthorne Roundabout and we turned left onto High Lane. We turned right onto Northam Road and we returned onto the A5272 via Chorlton Road and Birches Head Road. We ran into Hanley and onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street. At Joiners Square crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road. We stopped at McDonalds to pick up food for Matthew. We continued up Victoria Road onto the A50 link road. We ran up to the A50 and we went West to Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton. We turned right into Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:45. When we got back Matthew ate his McDonalds, which was a cheeseburger, fries and chicken nuggets washed down with a Coke. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 23:30... Mark

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Trip to Cannock / Bloxwich 14-01-2017


























































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2744Brownhills, Brickiln Street (Stop BE)Cannock BS3Arriva Midlands
3763Cannock BSBloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BD)1Arriva Midlands
3305Bloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BP)Cannock BS1Arriva Midlands


Today we decided to re-visit Cannock. We had checked the weather for today and it was for cool cloudy weather, slightly brighter in the North. We gave Matthew a list of nearby destinations in the North West and Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Cannock. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and apple juice for breakfast. We set off just before 12:00 and we ran down to the A5035. We ran West to the A34 and then we went North as far as Whitmore Road. We turned left onto Whitmore Road and we ran up the the A519 before joining the M6 at junction 15. As we ran South down the M6 we saw we passed an unidentified Prospect coach, An unidentified Pat's Coaches coach with a trailer, a black coach with red 'Spirit of the ??' on the side and an unidentified National Express liveried tri-axle coach on the Northbound #570. At Junction 12 we headed East along the A5 for a couple of miles before turning left onto the A4601 for the run into town. Coming into town we saw 2 of the 'new' arrivals from Arriva Aylesbury... Arriva Midlands Solo's 2403 on the #3 to Walsall & 2402 on the #62 to Lichfield. We parked on the multi storey car park by the bus station and we took the lift down into the shopping centre. On the way to the cafe we stopped at the facilities and Matthew used the toilet. We then head to 'The Copper Kettle' for dinner... A cafe that overlooks the bus station and gives great views of the bus coming and going, especially on the Wolverhampton and Pye Green circular stops. We took a table right by the window and we ordered food. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. Whilst we ate we saw Select Bus services Dart 6 on the #67 to Wolverhampton as well as National Express West Midlands 850 on the #154 to Wolverhampton. We also saw Arriva Midlands dart 2371 on the #63 to Rugeley and Arriva Midlands 2736/3761/3866 & 3904 on the Pye Green circulars. When we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we walk the short distance from the cafe into the bus station and we saw required Arriva Midlands 3905 on the #26 Pye Green circular service.


Arriva Midlands 3905 in Cannock bus station
We decided to do this bus so we got on and we purchased an Arriva Midlands Day Saver at £6.20, Before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto the Ringway. We did a 180' at the roundabout and we went East before continuing onto the A5190. We turned left onto the A4601 and we ran North for around 1/2 a mile. We turned left onto Crab Lane and then right onto Moss Road, a location where we broke down on Arriva Midlands 2328 on our first ever trip to Cannock back in November 2102. At the end of Moss Road we turned left onto Moss Street and then right onto Cannock Road. The bus emptied out a little and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3905.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3905
We continued North for another 1/2 mile and then we turned right onto Market Street where we crossed over the Rugeley to Walsall railway line. We turned left onto Victoria Street and we saw dud Arriva Midlands 3904 departing on a #25 Pye Green circular service. Arriva Midlands 3904 was a bus we had from Hinckley to Barwell on the #158 back in August 2014. We then got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we spotted a taxi minibus parked up in Hednesford Tesco Extra car park. Closer inspect revealed it to be Hednesford Taxi's Mercedes minibus DK52 ZGU.


Hednesford Taxi's DK52 ZGU in Hednesford bus station
Across the road we saw required National Express West Midlands arrive in the bus station area. We had seen it at Cannock when we were setting off and it was now about to work the returned #154 Hednesford - Wolverhampton service.


NX West Midlands 854 in Hednesford bus station
We crossed the road to see when the other buses were due and it appeared the next Arriva Midlands bus back to Cannock would be the #26 Pye Green circular. Matthew wanted to get on National Express West Midlands 854 on the #154, but we didn't have the right ticket to ride on this bus unless we brought a different one. Matthew was a little dissapointed and we crossed the road reluctantly to wait for the next #26. few minutes later we saw the bus approaching... It was required Arriva Midlands 3866 on the #26 Pye Green circular.


Arriva Midlands 3866 in Hednesford bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands day saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Victoria Street and we did a 180' turn at the roundabout before returning onto Market Street. We turned right onto Station Road and we ran North for a round a 1/3 of a mile before we turned left onto Bradbury Lane. We continued West and forwards onto Broadhurst Green. Near to the Pye Green transmitter we turned left onto Pye Green Road and we travelled South back towards town. after about 2 miles we joined the A34 where we saw Arriva Midlands 2912 on a #74 to Stafford. We continued to the roundabout and we turned right onto the B5012 before we entered the bus station. We let the bus empty and then Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3866.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3866
Once off the bus we decided to have a quick comfort break. We walked into the shopping centre and we went to the toilet. Once we had done we walked back to the bus station to consider what we were going to do next. The first thing we saw was required Arriva Midlands 2401 on a #3 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 2401 in Cannock bus station
We were considering doing required Arriva Midlands 3901 which was on the #2 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3901 in Cannock bus station
The bus pulled off before we could get to it, so we considered what to do next. Reluctantly we decided to do Arriva Midlands 2401 on the #3 on the proviso that Matthew behaved himself... We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day Saver ticket to the driver. We did have to wrestle with Matthew a little to stop him from honking the horn, but he did eventually sit down towards the back of the bus with a big grin on his face. We set off out of the bus station and we left the bus station onto the Ringway. We did a U-turn at the roundabout and we ran Eastwards out of town along the A5190. We crossed under the railway line and we continued to the A460. We ran North to the next roundabout and then we turned right onto Hayes Way. We continued Eastwards for around another mile, passing the Tesco Superstore on the way. We turned right onto the B4154 and we ran up the hill through Heath Hayes. We crossed the Five Ways roundabout onto Hednesford Road. We ran around Norton Canes and we ran North up Burntwood Road before we turned right onto Norton East Road. We continued down to Brownhills Road and we continued South past the Southern terminus of the Chasewater Railway. We crossed over the M6 toll and and then we went around an housing estate We turned right onto Cherwell Drive and then onto Shannon Drive. We joined the A5 at the Rising Sun roundabout and we ran East to The Parade. We headed South for about 1/3 of a mile and we joined the A452. The bus had now emptied out a little so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 2401.


Inside Arriva Midlands 2401
We headed down the High Street and we travelled 3 stops down before we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva Midlands 2401 before it carried on South towards Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 2401 in Brownhills
Just behind the bus in the previous picture was a small group of people with massive cameras, who appeared to be pointing them at the flats above the shops. We crossed the road a bit further down and we waited at the the stop opposite. There was a flurry of bus activity where we saw National Express West Midlands 4601 on the #10 to Burntwood. We also saw iGo KX08 OML Plaxton Primo on the #24 to Catshill and Arriva Midlands 2162 on the #23 to White Horse Road.


Arriva Midlands 2162 in Brownhills
We checked the bus stop timetable to see when the next #3 was due. There wasn't time to go to a shop as the bus was due almost immediately. One of the gang of photographers had walked back to their car so I ask if there was a rare bird in the area. They said that they had been watching a small flock of Waxwings. A few minutes later we saw the bus in the distance. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 2744.


Arriva Midlands 2744 in Brownhills
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day saver to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off up the High Street and we turned right onto the Parade. As we travelled North we saw a coach lurking in the trees on the West side of the bus road. We ran up to the A5 and we went West to the Rising sun roundabout and then North up Wilkin Road. We went around the housing estate along Shannon Drive and Cherwell Drive and then we continued North up Hednesford Road and over the M6 Toll. We turned right onto Norton East Road and we passed Arriva Midlands Solo 2402 on a Southbound #3 service. We ran around Norton Canes and then we went North up Hednesford Road to Five Ways. We crossed the roundabout and we went down Heath Hayes High Street and the bus emptied out a little and then filled up again at the same stop. We continued up the B4154 and then we turned left onto Hayes Way. We ran West for around a mile and then South along the A460. We then turned right onto the A5190 and we ran into Cannock town centre. We joined the Ringway and ran down to the bus station. When the bus got into the bus station we let the bus empty out and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 2744.


Inside Arriva Midlands 2744
Once we got off the bus we looked around for something to catch to finish the day off with. Across the way we saw required Arriva Midlands 2403 on a #62 to Lichfield.


Arriva Midlands 2403 in Cannock bus station
We also saw required Arriva Midlands 3763 on a #1 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3763 in Cannock bus station
We decided to do this single decker to Bloxwich, so we got on and flashed the Arriva Midlands Day saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. we set off out of the bus station and onto the Ringway. We ran East to the edge of town and then right onto the A4601. At the next set off lights we joined the Southbound A34 and we carried on to the A5. We crossed over the A5 and the M6 toll and we continued South down the A34 through Great Wyrley. We carried on for around another 3 miles and we entered Bloxwich from the North end. When we got into town we got up and got off the bus. Matthew then took another picture of Arriva Midlands 3763 before it carried on South towards Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3763 in Bloxwich
The scene had changed at little since our last visit. The Black Bull pub had been knocked down and the toilet block had been shut. To be fair the toilet block did need something doing to it as it was a bit rough, hence why they probably did close it. We crossed over the road to the local papershop and Matthew had a can of Coke and a can of Vimto. He also had a couple of chocolate bars and a wriggly worm. We crossed over Wolverhampton Road and we saw a couple of buses approaching. One of the buses was Rotala Diamond 30211 on a #301 to Walsall.


Rotala Diamond 30211 in Bloxwich
We went around the corner to the Northbound stop and we saw dud Arriva Midlands 3302 on the #2 to Cannock. We sat at the stop and we saw that we had around 10 minutes to wait for the next #1. Matthew had a Milky Way whilst we waited. A few minutes later we saw National Express West Midlands 4190 on a #89 to Walsall via Pelsall.


NX West Midlands 4190 in Bloxwich
We were a bit concerned that we might be getting back onto the same bus. But when we saw it was a Streetlite approaching we were very relieved. As the bus got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 3305.


Arriva Midlands 3305 in Bloxwich
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day Saver ticket to the driver for the last time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus was quite full when we got on it, bus as the bus went North up the A34 and through Great Wyrley the bus almost complete emptied out. It was now dark as we crossed over M6 toll and A5. We continued into town up the A34 and at the top we turned right onto the A4601. We turned left onto the Ringway and we entered the bus station for the final time. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3305.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3305
Mum had moved the car to Asda, so whilst we waited for her to return to the car park, we decided to go to use the facilities as it was still not even 17:00. On the way to the shopping centre we saw Arriva Midlands 2374 on a #74 to Stafford.


Arriva Midlands 2374 in Cannock bus station
We went into the shopping centre and used the toilet and Matthew went to say hello to someone who was working in Argos. When we cam out and before we walked around to the car park we saw which was on the #3/#63 turn.


Arriva Midlands 2371 in Cannock bus station
We walked around to the car park and we didn't have to go too far up to find mum who was waiting with sausage rolls and a Bottle of Irn Bru for Matthew. Mum decided to drive home today, so we left the car park and we did the u turn on the Ringway roundabout and then when South down the A4601. We turned right onto the A5 and we ran West for a couple of miles to Gailey where we got onto the Northbound M6 at junction 12. Travelling back North up the M6 we passed an unidentified silver coach, as well as an unidentified Stagecoach Megabus with trailer. We travelled North for around 25 miles and then we came off at junction 15. We ran North up the A500 to Sideway. We went East along the A50 and we saw an unidentified Eavesway coach with returning Wigan Athletic fans from Burton Albion. we came off the A50 at Longton and we went to see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. In the front row was Z Carz Citroen minibus LV10 OTM.


Z Carz LV10 OTM in Longton
Also in the front row was Z Carz Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY.


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton
The nearest minibus in the front row was Z Carz Ford minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
The nearest bus n the second row was Z Carz Ford minibus PY08 KDX.


Z Carz PY08 KDX in Longton
We turned into Willow Row to see what was parked up in the compound this evening. On the road outside was Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
In the compound was Z Carz silver Renault minibus DS07 LSN.


Z Carz DS07 LSN in Longton
We headed back onto the A50 and we crossed over onto baths Road and into Tesco Petrol station where we filled up with petrol. We then got back onto the Westbound A50 which we did up to Heron Cross. We travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home just after 18:00. For a late tea Matthew had bangers & mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit. We then chilled out on the computer until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

Friday, 13 January 2017

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 13-01-2017
















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67637Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been to his day service. It had been snowing overnight and there were a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had a sausage sandwich and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
We got on the bus and we set off onto the A5035 and we turned right at Stanley Matthews Way and we ran past the BET365 stadium. We joined the Eastbound A50 and we ran up to Heron Cross. We went through Heron Cross and onto Heron Street. Having crossed the railway line we Turned left onto Christchurch Street and to our destination. In the morning Matthew went to Shelton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and down the hill to joiners Square. We crossed over the roundabout and we went up the hill up Lichfield Street. We got onto the anti-clockwise ring road and we ran around to Broad Street where we saw D&G 130 on the #79 from Nantwich. We ran down Snow Hill and we stopped at the other day centre. In the other day centre Matthew did some craft and used the computers. when it was time to go we travelled back on Shelton care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Cemetary Road and we turned right onto Stoke Road. We ran up to the ring road and we ran clockwise up to Town Road. we ran towards Birches head and then we got onto the A5272 through Northwood to Limekiln Bank. We turned right onto the A52 and we ran through Joiners Square past the railway station. We turned right under the railway line and we joined the Northbound A500. We ran up to Etruria and we joined the eastbound A53. We came off at festival Park and we stopped at McDonalds to pick up dinner. Once we had the food we carried on back to the day centre. We ran up Festival Way and under the A53 onto Etruria Road. We ran around the anti-clockwise ring road and we got onto the A50. We ran down to Joiners Square and we crossed over onto Victoria Road. At the top we turned sharp right onto City Road and then left onto Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. At the day centre Matthew went to the toilet and then had a burger & fries washed down with a cup of Coke. in the afternoon Matthew went to the pub on Shelton care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Lichfield Street and to our destination. whilst there we saw Premier Travel minibus BU04 EJN. Due to the bad weather we didn't stop long today. When it was time to go back we returned home on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set of onto Lichfield Street and we crossed over the roundabout onto Victoria Road. At the top we joined the A50 link Road and We also saw an unidentified white minibus on the imex industrial estate. We then joined the Westbound A50. We joined Blurton Road at Heron Cross and we saw we saw D&G 49 on the #40 to Hanley. We ran through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. Matthew got home around 14:00. Matthew had toast and a glass of dandelion & burdock whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. Matthew had seen the bus earlier in the day and it First Potteries 67637. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. Whilst we waited for the we saw First Potteries 67636 on the #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67636 in Blurton
A minute or so later our bus appeared and it was as expected First Potteries 67637 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67637 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfield Road before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We passed grey minibus DT15 GVR before we turned right into New Inn Lane. We ran into Hanford and we turned right into Wilson Road. We ran down Church Lane and we joined the A34 and we saw First Potteries 65034 on a #101 to Hanley. After running under the A500 into Trent Vale. We turned right onto Harpfields Road where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another First Potteries 67637 before it carried on towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 67637 in Trent Vale
We crossed the road and then we saw First Potteries 67643 on the final #22 turn to Longton.


First Potteries 67643 in Trent Vale
We walked back to the A34 and to the pub. We stood outside the pub to wait for her. Whilst we waited we saw E-zec patient Transport YN15 FJX. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included Stanton's of Stoke coach VUD 483, First Potteries 65036 on a #101 to Stafford & Newcastle School HX66 AUR. When it was time to go we got in the car to go pick up uncle Dave. We ran down the A34 and we got onto the Northbound A500. At Sideway we went East on the A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross. We then dropped down into Fenton to pick up uncle Dave. We then headed back up to Heron Cross and we saw First Potteries 43877 on a #23 to Hanley. We crossed the A50 and into Blurton and we ran along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right into Beaconsfield Drive and we saw First Potteries 67636 on a #22 turn. We got home around 18:00. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we sorted a few things out. We chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Trip to Fenton / Longton 10-01-2017
















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Today Matthew was in respite and he was going into his day service & I was going to Blackpool for the night. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Matthew then sat in his room to wait for his bus to appear. He didn't have to wait long and we saw Z Carz LV10 OTM. A few minutes later we saw Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU arrive to take Matthew to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Bentilee
We set off onto the A5272 and we ran Eastwards to Adderley Green. We turned right at the roundabout and we ran down the hill into Longton. We went around the one-way system and we crossed over the A50 onto the A5035. We then ran through Dresden. We crossed over the railway line into Trentham and we saw First Potteries 67642 on a #22 to Longton. We turned right into new Inn Lane and we picked upanother service user before returning onto the A5035. We turned left into Church Road and we saw First Potteries 67639 on a #22 to Longton. At the roundabout we turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton. We crossed over the A50 and we went through the traffic lights to Heron Street. We followed the road onto Station Bridge Road and then onto Glebedale Road and to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had cheese oatcakes followed by cake. in the afternoon Matthew went in an Intercity taxi to Talke Freeport. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill to the railway line and we turned right onto the A52. We ran parallel to the railway line and we continued onto Station road past the railway station. At the end we turned right onto Stoke Road and we ran up the hill through Shelton. We continue through Snow Hill and up onto Broad Street. We followed the one way system around to the left onto Marsh Street and we then we forwards onto Waterloo Road. We continued through Cobridge into Burslem and up to to Tunstall. We turned left onto Williamson Street. We turned right onto the High Street and we continued North up the A50 through Goldenhill and into Kidsgrove. We turned left onto First Avenue and we ran West to Talke. We then went South down the A34 to Talke Street. We went forwards onto Oak Tree Lane and to the Freeport. After parking up we went to Thornton's. When we had finished at Freeport we returned back to the day centre in a Intercity taxi. We ran South down to the A34 and we went North up to Talke Pits. We turned right onto First Avenue and we ran into Kidsgrove, where we turned right onto Liverpool Road. We ran down through Goldenhill to Tunstall and along A5271 before re-joining the A50. We went past the old PMT Burslem garage and we ran up the hill into Burslem town centre. We continued towards Hanley along Waterloo Road through Cobridge. We joined the ring road and we ran around clockwise to Lichfield Street. We ran down through Joiners Square and forwards onto Victoria Road. At the top we turned sharp right onto City Road and left onto Glebdale Road. After a quick stop Matthew returned to respite on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Glebdale Road and we ran forwards onto Station Bridge Road. We turned right onto Heron Street and we ran through Heron Cross and over the A50. We continued through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right onto the A5035 and we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we dropped off another service user before returning onto the A5035. We ran up through Dresden to Longton. As Bridgewood Street is closed we got onto Anchor Road via Chadwick Street, Uttoxeter Road and Sutherland Road. We turned right onto Anchor Rad and we ran up the hill through Adderley Green. At the roundabout we turned left onto the A5272 and we ran West to Bentilee and to respite. Once Matthew got back he spent some time in his room watch the other buses come and go. One of the other buses was Stanton's of Stoke minibus SFZ 7846.


Stanton's of Stoke SFZ 7846 in Bentilee
For tea Matthew had a jacket potato with beans & cheese followed by couple of small Victoria Sponges. After tea Matthew went to Longton on Meadows FP65 LFV. We set off onto the A5272 and we ran East to Adderley Green. We turned right onto Anchor Road. We ran down the hill into Longton and onto the one-way system. We continued onto the Strand and we stopped at Farmfoods where Matthew did some food shopping. We then returned to Meadows FP65 LFV to continue to Meir. We ran around the one-way system down the Strand and onto Market Street. We continued onto Uttoxeter Road and we ran up to Normacot to joined the Eastbound A50. We went one Junction up to Meir and we turned left onto the A520. We ran up to Brrowood Drive and we turned right. We ran down to Pinewood Crescent and we stopped at The Crescent Centre. After spend time there in the soft play area, Matthew used the toilet and we returned to respite on Meadows FP65 LFV. We returned onto Brookwood Drive and we ran up to the A520. We turned right and we ran North. We turned left onto Park Hall Road and we ran West past Park Hall and up to Adderley Green. We continued along the A5272 and we ran into Bentilee and back to respite. Once back at respite Matthew watched some television and chilled out. Later on Matthew had a bath. After his bath he had toast for supper and then went to bed around 23:00... Mark

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Trip to Widnes / Runcorn 07-01-2017











































































BusFromToServiceOperator



2538Widnes, Green OaksRuncorn BS110Arriva NW&W
2526Runcorn BSHalton Lea, Hospital stop A79CArriva NW&W
2541Halton Lea, Hospital stop BRuncorn BS79Arriva NW&W
2528Runcorn BSMurdishaw Central79CArriva NW&W
5008Murdishaw CentralHalton Lea, Hospital stop B1Arriva NW&W
2527Halton Lea, Hospital stop BRuncorn BS110Arriva NW&W
3136Runcorn BSMurdishaw CentralX1Arriva NW&W
2530Murdishaw CentralHalton Lea South110Arriva NW&W
2540Halton Lea SouthWidnes, Green Oaks79Arriva NW&W


Today we decided to re-visit Widnes. We had checked the weather for today and it was for a dull cloudy day all around here, so we gave Matthew a list of medium distance location from the North West and Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Widnes. Research consisted of looking at the Arriva North West website for a map but it was 6 years out of date! We then look at Halton Borough council maps for Widnes & Runcorn. Matthew got up around 11:00 today as he had been awake half the night. As we were about to set off around 11:30 we realised that Matthew hadn't had any breakfast, so we set off through Blurton along Beaconsfield Drive and right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Blurton Road and we stopped at the sandwich shop for a bacon oatcake for Matthew, to keep him going until we got to Widnes. We carried on up to Heron Cross and we joined the Westbound A50. Near to the roundabout at Sideway we saw Silverdale coach MV12 ODS. We went North up the A500 to Shelton and we passed S&S Travel M940 JBO and a white unidentified tri-axle Volvo Olympian. We went along Shelton New Road and past the old Twyford factory to the gas garage. After we had filled up we headed back onto the A500 via the A53. We travelled North up the the A34 and we came off to fill up with petrol at the Shell garage. Once we had filled up we got back onto the A500 and we passed Howards double decker F18 HOW. We joined the Northbound M6 and we travelled North up to the M62 we saw Howards Y22 HOW, Tyrers CHO 213Y & Ashton Travel V1 NNK. At the M62 we went West a few junctions to A557 and we travelled South into Widnes. As we entered town we followed Vision coach BK63 ZSW. We parked up near to the Market and bus stops and set off to the Market. On the way we saw required Arriva NW&W 2542 on a #82A to the Liverpool ONE bus station.


Arriva NW&W 2542 in Widnes
We walked into the market and we went to Av U Et? at the back corner of the market. Matthew went to the adjacent toilet whilst mum ordered the food and uncle Dave saved he table. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a small bottle of Coke. When we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and walked through the market back to the bus stops. Whilst we waited for the next bus to Runcorn we saw Halton Transport 19 on a #26A to Cronton.


Halton Transport 19 in Widnes
A few minutes later the bus turned up and it was required Arriva NW&W 2538 on a #110 to Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2538 in Widnes
We got on the bus and we booked Arriva NW&W Daysaver tickets at £.530 before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off onto Green Oaks Way and we turned right onto Gerrards Street. We ran forwards onto Milton Road and we turned left onto the B5419. We went through the old town and across the roundabout onto Victoria Road. We turned right onto Hutchinson Road and we joined the the A533. We crossed over the Jubilee Bridge and we caught up with Arriva NW&W 2541 on the #79C to Murdishaw. We crossed the bridge into Runcorn and we wheeled around onto Station Road and into the old town. We crossed over the canal and past 'The Archers' pub and onto the High Street. We turned into the bus station and we saw Antony's Travel minibus TB65 ANT leaving as we arrived. We got up and got off the bus and we saw Arriva NW&W 3140 on a X1 to Liverpool ONE bus station.


Arriva NW&W 3140 in Runcorn bus station
We let Arriva NW&W 2541 on the #79C go and we then had a wait of around 15 minutes. Whilst we waited we saw Halton Transport 52 on a #62 to Warrington.


Halton Transport 52 in Runcorn bus station
A few minutes later we saw dud Arriva NW&W 2526 on a #79C to Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2526 in Runcorn bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of town and as we got close to the town hall on Heath Road, we turned right into Ivy Street and left into Langdale Road. We ran through Halton Lodge Norleane Crescent and Linkway. We ran clockwise around Grangeway and we joined the busway and we ran though Halton Lea North close to the library. The bus emptied out a little and Matthew took a picture of the empty seat opposite on Arriva NW&W 2526.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2526
We decided to go a bit further East to the library. We continued along the busway and around the corner to the hospital where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2526 as it carried on towards Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2526 in Halton Lea
As we got off the bus we saw Stagecoach Merseyside 37440 on a X2 service to Chester. We crossed the road to the other side to wait for a bus back towards Runcorn town centre. Going the other way we saw dud Arriva NW&W 2520 on a #3C circular service and Arriva NW&W 2530 on a #110 to Murdishaw. A few minutes later a bus to Runcorn appeared and it was required Arriva NW&W 2541.


Arriva NW&W 2541 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along the busway Westwards and we stopped on the Southside of the Halton Lea shopping centre. We carried on West onto Grangeway. At the end we ran forwards onto Linkway and right onto Laburnum Grove. We turned right onto Windsor Grove and we followed the road around. We ran North up Norleane Crescent and we turned left onto Heath Road. We then did a loop around Langdale Road and Ivy Street before we rejoined Heath Road, this time going Northwards. We continued up the B5155 and we followed the road to the left over the canal. We then travelled via Lena Way into the town centre and into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2541 as it carried on towards Hough Green.


Arriva NW&W 2541 in Runcorn bus station
We decided to have a short comfort break. On the way to the pub we saw Ashcroft's Travel YK04 KWJ on the #52 Beechwood circular service.


Ashcroft's Travel YK04 KWJ in Runcorn bus station
We crossed over Church Street to the Wetherspoon's pub The Ferry Boat and Matthew used the toilet. We then went to the bar and Matthew had a small Coke. Once we had finished we went outside to meet back up with uncle Dave. We walked back up to the bus station and we waited for the next bus towards Halton. Around 10 minutes later we saw a bus approaching and it was dud Arriva NW&W 2528 on a #79C to Mudishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2528 in Runcorn bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of town and as we got close to the town hall on Heath Road, we turned right into Ivy Street and left into Langdale Road. We ran through Halton Lodge Norleane Crescent and Linkway. We ran clockwise around Grangeway and we joined the busway and we ran though Halton Lea North close to the library. We decided to go a bit further East to Murdishaw. We ran past the hospital and we traveled East for about a mile and the busway opened out at a turning circle and we guessed we had reached the end of the run. we got up and we let the bus empty before Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2528.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2528
Once off the bus we saw Halton Transport 86 on layover in between working duties on the #61A to Huyton.


Halton Transport 86 in Murdishaw
We went to the adjacent Co-operative food store and Matthew had a can of Coke and a small bottle of Irn Bru as well as a couple of chocolate bars. Once we got the thing we went to the till to pay for them and Matthew made friends with the lady behind one of the checkouts. We walked up to the bridge to have a look a the buses parked up. Matthew also liked the view of the lamppost.


Lamppost in Murdishaw
We headed back down to the bus stops and Matthew had a double Milky Way. The next bus that turned us was dud Arriva NW&W 5008 on a #1 circular service.


Arriva NW&W 5008 in Murdishaw
We decided to do this bus as far as the hospital. We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus in front was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Inside Arriva NW&W 5008.


Inside Arriva NW&W 5008
The bus turned around the turning circle and we ran West up the busway to Halton Lea hospital where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 5008 before it carried on around the circle to the Halton Lea South terminus.


Arriva NW&W 5008 in Halton Lea
We decided to wait for the next Runcorn bound bus. Whilst we waited we saw Arriva NW&W 3137 on a #79C to Murdisham and Stagecoach Merseyside 37444 on the X2 to Chester. A few minutes later our bus appeared and it was required Arriva NW&W 2527 on a #110 to Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2527 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver. We sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus set off along the busway Westwards. We then stopped on the Southside of the Halton Lea shopping centre. The busway went around an Asda store and North under the Halton Link Road. the busway was on a sweeping curve to the right and we went through the middle of the Castlefields area. After around 3/4 of a mile we left the busway and went forwards on Tyrell Way. We followed the road around to the left and we turned left onto Castlefields Avenue East. We crossed over the A558 Daresbury Expressway and we then turned left onto another busway. We ran Westwards through the Astmoor area of town which is an industrial estate and docks. The busway crossed over road every couple of hundred yards and there were traffic lights which usually turned to green and we approached them. We also passed under the Southern end of where the Mersey Gateway bridge is being built. We went under the B5155 adjacent to the canal and we turned right at a roundabout off the busway onto Lieria Way with the town centre in sight. We ran down the hill and we turned left into the bus station. Once off the bus Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2527 before it carried on towards Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2527 in Runcorn bus station
The plan was to get the next bus back to Widnes, but Matthew had other ideas... Matthew indicated that he wanted to go to the toilet, so I though we were going to The Ferry Boat again to use the facilities there. As we walked towards it, required Arriva NW&W 3136 pulled up in the bus stop opposite to us and Matthew decided he wanted to do that instead!


Arriva NW&W 3136 in Runcorn bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. It was now fully dark and we had never done the X1 service in this direction before... We set off out of the bus station and onto Lieria Way. We then turned left onto the bus way and we ran along through the industrial area as if we were on a #110 service. We joined the Astmoor DSpine Road as if we were on a #110 but instead of going towards Halton Lea we took the busway in the opposite direction. The bus way was perhaps and old railway line as this part seem to run through a cutting, but it has no lighting so we couldn't see where we were. We seemed to run for ages, and we decided to get up at the next place we recognised. Unbeknown to us we had run around the Windmill Hill and Norton Village part of Runcorn passing close to Runcorn East railway station on the Manchester to Chester line. We came out into a lit area and we recognised it as the turning circle at Murdishaw, so we got up and got up and got off the bus. There was a bus on layover so we knew we would have to wait long for another bus back towards Widnes. A few minutes later the bus pulled of the layover bay and onto the bus stop. It was dud Arriva NW&W 2530 on a #110 to Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2530 in Murdishaw
We got on the bus for what we thought would be the final time today, and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver. The bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2530.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2530
The bus turned around the turning circle and we ran West up the busway to Halton Lea hospital. We continued along the busway and as we approached the Southside of the Halton Lea shopping centre, Matthew indicated that he wanted to go to the toilet and stared to get up. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew got another picture of Arriva NW&W 2530 before it carried on towards Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2530 in Halton Lea
Once the bus had departed we went into the shopping centre and we went down one floor on the escalator and around the corner until we came to the toilets. After Matthew had used the facilities we walked back through through the shopping centre and back up the escalator to the bus terminal. We looked at the time table and we saw that we had another 10 minutes to wait. I called mum to let her know that we would be later than expected and we sat down to wait for the bus. Whilst we were there we saw Stagecoach Merseyside 37443 on a X2 service to Chester.


Stagecoach Merseyside 37443 in Halton Lea
A few minutes later we saw bus approaching up the hill onto the elevated road to the bus terminus. As it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 2540 on a #79 to Hough Green.


Arriva NW&W 2540 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus for what was actually the final time today, and we flashed the Arriva NW Day Saver ticket to the driver. We sat down towards the back of the bus and we set off along the Busway. We carried on West onto Grangeway. At the end we ran forwards onto Linkway and right onto Laburnum Grove. We turned right onto Windsor Grove and we followed the road around. We ran North up Norleane Crescent and we turned left onto Heath Road. We then did a loop around Langdale Road and Ivy Street before we rejoined Heath Road, this time going Northwards. We continued up the B5155 and we followed the road to the left over the canal. We then travelled via Lena Way into the town centre and into the bus station. After a short stop in the bus station, we set off up the High Street and we passed close to the Waterloo pub as was and we joined the A533. We crossed over the Mersey and we ran into the old town of Widnes up Victoria Road. We crossed over the roundabout and we ran through a bus lane into the Asda car park. We joined onto Gerrard Street past Marks & Spencers and we turned left onto Green Oaks Way. We we got to the bus stops by Green Oaks we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2540 before it carried on towards Hough Green.


Arriva NW&W 2540 in Widnes
On the way back to the car we saw Arriva NW&W 710 on a #17 to St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 710 in Widnes
We crossed over the road and we walked over to the car. Mum was waiting with sausage rolls and a bottle of Irn Bru for Matthew. We set off onto Green Oaks way and we ran South to the roundabout. We got on the Northbound A557 we we ran the 2 miles up to the M62. As we went Eastwards along the motorway we saw Selwyn's coach YJ06 LFV join the motorway ahead of us. We continued East for around another 5 miles an then we joined the Southbound M6. As we travelled South we saw Afford Rent-a-Car HN16 CNC, Sharps of Nottingham ACZ 103 & Selwyn's (National Express) BX16 CKF on a #550 service to Southport. We made good progress going South apart from a small section where the motorway went down to two lanes through the roadworks. We continued down to junction 16 and then we got onto the Southbound A500. As we travelled South we saw Paul's of Stoke M41 KCU, First Potteries 67642 running out of service, an unidentified grey Bakers coach. At Sideway we went East up the A50 where we saw an unidentified S&J Travel minibus. We continued to Longton so that we could see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. In the first row was one of the newer arrivals, Z Carz Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY.


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton
Also in the front row was Z Carz minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
We also saw Z carz Ford minibus FP06 WTW.


Z Carz FP06 WTW in Longton
Closest minibus in the first row was Z Carz Renault minibus PE10 MJK.


Z Carz PE10 MJK in Longton
In the second row was Z Carz minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
We turned into Willow Row to see what was parked up in the compound this evening. On the road we saw Z Carz silver Renault minibus YJ61 GYZ.


Z Carz YJ61 GYZ in Longton
In the compound was Z Carz minibus LV59 DZC.


Z Carz LV59 DZC in Longton
Also in the compound was Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We spotted another minibus further up the road so we drove up to investigate we turned around and Matthew got a picture of DG10 VMJ.


Z Carz DG10 VMJ in Longton
We got back onto the A50 and we saw Paul's of Stoke M20 BUS. We ran West to Heron Cross and we came off the A50 onto Blurton Road. We ran through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Road. At the end we turned right onto the A5035 and we got home around 19:30. For a late tea we had bangers & mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit.Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 01:00... Mark