Saturday, 20 January 2018

Trip to St Helens / Old Swan 20-01-2018




















































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2981Earlestown BSSt Helens BS34Arriva NW&W
2962St Helens BSEccleston, Broadway37Arriva NW&W
2939Eccleston, Bleak Hill RoadSt Helens BS38Arriva NW&W
4614St Helens BSOld Swan, Belfast Road10AArriva NW&W
4690Old Swan, Chilcott RoadHunts Cross station, Stop F81Arriva NW&W
4608Hunts Cross station, Stop ASt Helens BS89Arriva NW&W


Today we decided to re-visit St Helens. We checked the weather for today and it was for cold snowy weather clearing up in the afternoon. The weather seemed to be better in the North West. We gave Matthew a list of destinations from the North Midlands and North West and from the list Matthew chose St Helens. Matthew got up around 10:00 and got ready to go out. We set off around 11:30 and we realised that we had forgotten to give Matthew his toast and orange juice. We ran onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthew Way. We passed D&G Bus 33 on a #14 to Stafford. Outside the BET365 stadium we passed Linburg coach IIG 7842. We joined the Westbound A50 which we did down to Sideway and then we joined the Northbound A500. We ran up to Wolstanton and then we came off to get petrol at Asda. After topping up with petrol we re-joined the Northbound A500. AS we headed up towards the motorway we saw Stanton's of Stoke 5658 RU. We joined the Northbound M6 at junction 16 and today the road was relative clear. It was probably the poor weather that was keeping many from venturing out. As we travelled Northwards we saw an unidentified City Circle coach, red minibus reg like PN60 TWN, an unidentified JAK Travel coach, 7 unidentified Stott's coaches (presumably on the way to the BET365 with Huddersfield fans) and unidentified Redline coach. We came off the M6 onto the Westbound M62 and we ran to the next junction. We came off the M62 and we went Northwards up the A49 to Newton-le-Willows. We stopped the the railway station to buy Saveaway tickets and then we continued into Earlestown. At the mini roundabout we turned left onto the A572 and we ran for a couple of miles before we turned shap left onto Market Street. At the roundabout we turned right onto Tamworth Street and we went past the bus station on Lord Street. We turned right onto Leigh Street and after turning the car around we parked outside The Nine Arches pub. We went into the pub and Matthew used the toilets. Once we had been to the facilities mum went to the bar to order the food. Matthew had a chicken fillet on a bap with fries washed down with a glass of Coke. He also helped to eat 1/2 of my chicken burger. Once we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum. We went outside to the bus station and we saw required Arriva NW&W 2900 on a #34 to Leigh.


Arriva NW&W 2900 in Earlestown bus station
As there wasn't a st helens bound bus we returned briefly to the car to drop something off and pick up a pack of tissues. We went into the bus station to wait for the next bus to St Helens. Whilst we waited we saw dud Arriva NW&W 2972 on a #34A to Acorn Street. A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 2981 on a #34 to St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 2981 in Earlestown bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway Day tickets to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station onto St John Street. We went through the housing estate to the West of the bus station before coming out on the A572. We ran West and into to St Helens through Parr and past the community fire station. Just outside of town we joined the A58. We turned right onto Corporation Street and we ran over the railway line by St Helens Central before entering the bus station along Bickerstaffe Street. Once we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2981 before it returned to Acorn Street on a #34A service.


Arriva NW&W 2981 in St Helens bus station
Once we let the bus go we had a look around to see what we could catch next. It was raining lightly and we wanted to catch another bus quickly to get out of the weather. As we went to loo at was was going of the middle stands we saw Halton Transport 10 departing on a #17 to Widnes.


Halton Transport 10 in St Helens bus station
On the middle stands we saw dud Arriva NW&W 4603 on a #89 to Liverpool Airport and dud Arriva NW&W 4612 on a #10A to LIverpool. As we were considering catching one of these buses Matthew spotted required Arriva NW&W 2962 on a #37 to Eccleston.


Arriva NW&W 2962 in St Helens bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway Day tickets to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station along Bickerstaffe Street and forwards onto Cotham Street. We turned right onto Baldwin Street and we stopped to pick up more passengers. We crossed over The Landings and we continued onto Duke Street. We continued out of town for around 1/4 of a mile and we joined the westbound A570. As we travelled towards Dentons Green the road split into two creating a small one-way system. At the top end of the one-way system we turned left into Kiln Lane. As we turned the corner we saw Arriva NW&W 2493 on a #38 to St Helens. We ran for around 1/2 mile and we turned left onto Millbrook Lane into the centre of the village. We crossed over Broadway onto Springfield Lane and we turned right onto Walmesley Road. At the end of the road it seemed like a good place to get up and get off the bus. The bus was now empty so Matthew to a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2962.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2962
We got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2962 before it returned to St Helens on the #37 service.


Arriva NW&W 2962 in Eccleston
I had checked the time table so I knew the next #37 wasn't for nearly 30 minutes. We went into the one stop shop and Matthew had a can of Coke as well as a couple of chocolate bars and some Digestives biscuits. Once we had finished shopping we went outside and we tried to work out if the #38 service was in walking distance so we could get back into town a little quicker. Using nextbuses.mobi we were able to work out the #38 passed around the corner of Bleak Hill Road and Kiln Lane. Using the map we set off onto Broadway and we turned right onto Gunning Avenue. At the end we crossed over and we got a little disoriented. We stood at the wrong stop and the timetable said the next bus was a #37. A quick check of the map and we needed to be on the stop around the corner on Kiln Lane. We also saw Arriva NW&W 2493 going to other way around the corner towards Rainford. A few minutes later the bus came around the corner and it was required Arriva NW&W 2939 on a #38 to St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 2939 in Eccleston
We got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway Day tickets to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Kiln Lane and we ran to the end where we turned right onto the A570. We ran around the one-way system before the two carriageways joined up further South. As we ran towards town we passed a single decker on the following #37 service to Eccleston. We continued onto Duke Street and we crossed over The Landings onto Baldwin Street. We turned left onto Cotham Street and we ran forwards onto Bickerstaffe Street. As we ran towards the bus station we passed pink Arriva NW&W 4438 on a #10 to Liverpool. we turned onto Corporation Street and we ran past the buses on layover where we saw Arriva NW&W 3014 on a #31 to Parr Stocks. We turned right onto hall Street and we turned right into the middle stands of the bus station. We got off the bus and we had a look a round to see what we could catch. On Bickerstaffe Street was Halton Transport 14 on a #17 to Widnes.


Halton Transport 14 in St Helens bus station
We also saw required Arriva NW&W 2580 on a #329 to Warrington. In the middle stands we saw required Arriva NW&W 4614 on a #10A to Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 4614 in St Helens bus station
We decided to do the double decker so we got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway Day tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 4614.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4614
The bus set off out of the bus station through town following Hatton's Dart N60 RFL. We went past the new Nando's and Cinema. We joined the A58 and we ran Westwards. We followed a black minibus with reg like YY63 KYT going out of town. before we turned off the main road to head towards Thatto Heath down Lugsmore Lane. We continued South through Nutgrove and over the railway line at Rainhill. Here we joined the A57 for the run towards Prescot. We passed Whiston hospital and we went around the town to the North. We decided to go further East on the service that we had ever done before in order to explore a new section of Merseyside. We ran forwards onto the A58 and we crossed over the M57. We continued a further mile or so into Page Moss. We travelled along the dual carriageway for a further mile or so and we entered the Dovecot area and we continued for another mile past Alder Hay hospital and into the bustling region of old Swan by the out ring road. We crossed the ring road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 4614 as it continued towards Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 4614 in Old Swan
As we hadn't research this area I had quickly looked up where we could intersect with other bus service that we were familiar with. A quick look on the map revealed that we could go onto the ring road and catch either a #81 or #81A down towards Hunts Cross. We walked back to the ring road and then we preceded to cross over which was quite a mammoth task. As we crossed over we saw Avon Buses 354 come off the ring road and go eastwards along the A57 towards Page Moss. Eventually we crossed over the road and we saw a Southbound #81A. We ran down the road to try and catch it but we were able to get to the bus stop quick enough which was around 200 yards down the road! We checked the bus stop and there was another Hunts Cross bound bus due in just over 10 minutes. Whilst we waited for that bus we saw Avon Buses 354 return Southwards on a #204 to Dingle Mount.


Avon Buses 354 in Old Swan
Around 5 minutes later as expected we saw another bus approaching from across the other side of the A57. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 4690 on a #81 to Speke Morrisons.


Arriva NW&W 4690 in Old Swan
We got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway Day tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. The bus set of down the ring road and we ran southwards towards Broadgreen. instead of continuing along over the fly over the bus diverts down onto the roundabout below where we saw Arriva NW&W 4661 on a #68 to Aigburth Vale. We rejoined the A5058 and we ran South into Childwall. At Childwall Fiveways we ran onto Childwall Prior Road. We ran forwards onto Childwall Park Avenue and at the roundabout we went left onto Woolton Road. We ran forwards for another 1/2 mile and then we came back into familiar teritory as we passed Gateacre Brow where the #89 turns towards Belle Vale. We continued along the road into Woolton and we ran forwards for a further mile into Hunts Cross. I was hoping the the bus would stopped near the the railway station but the bus turned right onto the A562 and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 4690 as it carried on towards Speke Morrisons.


Arriva NW&W 4690 in Hunts Cross
Once of the bus we crossed over Woodend Avenue and the the A562 and we saw village taxi minibus MJ65 VUB. We went to the shell petrol station and Matthew used the toilet. Once Matthew came out after around 10 minutes we brought a can of Coke and a Bounty. Once we had finished in the garage we walked across to the main road and we crossed over Speke Road. Wewaited at the bus stop for a #89 back to St Helens. We didn't have to wait long before we saw an #89 service approaching in the distance. As it came closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 4608 on a #89 to St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 4608 in Hunts Cross
We got on the bus and we flashed the Saveaway day tickets to the driver for the final time before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 4608.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4608
We ran North up Speke Road into Woolton and we continued forwards the B5171. We followed the road to the right onto Gateacre Brow and we ran down the hill towards Belle Vale. We called at the Belle vale bus station where we saw EU08 FHD on a #3 to Huyton. We left the bus station and we turned right onto Childwall Valley Road. We turned left onto Naylor's Road and we ran north under the M62 and forwards onto Wheat Hill Road. At the end we turned left onto the B5080 and we ran North West up to the Crofters Arms. At the roundabout we turned right onto the B5199 before turning right into Huyton Bus station. We sat outside for a brief moment near to the bingo hall before continuing onto the stand. After loading up we ran north up Lathom Road and onto Huyton Lane. We crossed under the M57 and we turned right onto Carr Lane. We ran into Prescot from the South and into the bus station. The bus set off out of town along the A57 down to the hospital where we turned left into Delph Lane. We Zigged and zagged through the street to the South of the A58 and then we joined the A58. We continued along the A58 and we passed through the town before circling around the bus station on Corporation Street so that we could enter the bus station from the East end. When we got onto corporation Street we straight through onto Hall Street and into the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. We walked back onto hall Street and we turned left onto Corporation Street up to the line of buses on layover. We saw required Stagecoach Merseyside 27714 in between runs on the #10A to Liverpool.


Stagecoach Merseyside 27714 in St Helens bus station
We also saw required Arriva NW&W 4596 about to work a #10A back to Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 4596 in St Helens bus station
We walked along Corporation Street and we met up with mum. Once we got in the car Matthew had a small sausage roll from the Pound Bakery and a bottle of irn Bru. Mum wasn't able to get the usual sausage rolls from Greggs as they had run out. The small Pound Bakery sausage roll came with a carton of juice and a cake for a £1. We set off along Corporation Street and we joined the Eastbound A58. On the edge of town we turned right onto the A572 we continued through Parr and out of the Western edge of St Helens and we ran into Earlestown. We continued to the North of the town centre and we turned right onto the A49. Just South of Newton village before newton-le-Willows railway station we passed Network Warrington 104 on a #22 to Vulcan. We continued Southwards to Winwick and we turned left onto the dual carriageway. We had a sligh issue in the back seat so we stopped at a lay-by to sort this out. Uncle Dave though some rubbish in the bin in the layby and whilst we were there we saw BSS coaches C17 BSS go past. Once we had sorted the problem out we continued along the A49 to the M6. We got onto the South M6 and we ran down to junction 16. As we travelled South we saw an unidentified NPC Coaches coach. We came off the M6 onto the Southbound A500 and we ran down to Sideway. We went Eastwards along the A50 as far as Longton and then we came off it. We went over to Z Carz to see what was parked up there this evening. There was nothing on the spare ground but we saw Lucky Seven minibus PE61 HHL parked in their yard. We turned left into Willow Row. The only thing visible in the compound this evening was Z Carz Citroen minibus LV59 DZC.


Z Carz LV59 DZC in Longton
We returned onto the A50 and we ran up the Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton and forwards onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got back home around 19:30. When we got back we downloaded photos off camera, wrote e-mails and worked on the Blog. For a late tea we had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a few Cornflake cakes. Later on we chilled out and watched television. I took uncle Dave home and Matthew chilled out on the sofa. later on Matthew went to bed around 00:30... Mark.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Trip to Festival Park / Newcastle 19-01-2018
















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67653Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, Opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries
67152Trent Vale, opp The Black LionTrentham, Opp Trentham Hotel21AFirst Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to see Grandma later on and going to the pub and returning to Blurton for the weekend. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. whilst waiting to go out we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and onto Christchurch Street. At the day centre In the morning Matthew went bowling in Festival Park in an Lucky Seven. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill onto the A52 and under the railway line, before turning right onto the Northbound A500. We ran North up to Etruria and we turned right onto the A53. We ran Eastwards up to Festival Park and we turned left onto Forge Lane. At the end of Forge Lane we turned right onto Festiavl Way. At the roundabout we turned left onto Marina Way and we parked up at the car park. Matthew went into the bowling alley and went to the toilet. After a session bowling we returned to Fenton. We set off onto Marina Way and we turned right at the roundabout. We went under the A53 onto Etruria Road. We stopped briefly at a carpet shop and we saw a new building going up on the site of the old loop line. We joined the anti-clockwise ring road. We ran around town and we joined the Southbound A50. At Joiners Square we went straight on onto Victoria Road. We climbed the hill into Fenton and we continued forwards onto King Street. We turned left onto Park Street and we stopped to pick up dinner. After we brought the food we ran along Park Street and we turned right onto King Street. We ran forwards onto City Road and we turned left onto Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had sausage, chips and gravy followed by a Bakewell Tart. After dinner Matthew watched a DVD. When it was time to return to the residential unit We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. I was already waiting to take Matthew back to Blurton for the weekend when Matthew got back to the residential unit. Matthew went upo to his room to get his pictures on his camera to take back to Blurton and got a small bag of belongings ready to go back. Just before 15:00 we set off back to Blurton in a car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Station Bridge Road and we continued onto Heron Street. We went through the traffic lights and we crossed over the A50. We continued through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive past the new build house and we got home around 15:15. When we got home Matthew had toast and a small can of Coke. Today we were catching the 15:56 to Newcastle as we were going to the pub via Grandma's House. We set off around 15:45 on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. At the bus stop we saw First Potteries 67637 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67637 in Blurton
We also saw grey minibus SF17 HCU going into Blurton.


SF17 HCU in Blurton
A few minutes later pretty much on time we saw the bus turn the corner. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Potteries 67653.


First Potteries 67653 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle and as we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we went over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn Lane. Du to roadworks in Hanford instead of turning left into Wilson Road we ran down Mayne Street down to the A34. We headed into Trent Vale passing Newcvastle School minibus HJ60 KXH going the other way. We turned right into Harpfields Road and forwards on Hilton Road. As we travelled through the hospital we saw Abbey Taxi's V700 ABY, ABC Supreme DU60 XTB & D&G bus 161 on a #9 to Biddulph. We turned right onto the A34 and we saw First Potteries 37157 on a #25 to Hanley. A couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. We crossed over A34 and we headed up the hill and we saw blue minibus BD58 UHT.


BD58 UHT in Newcastle
We headed up the hill to Grandma's House. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. Mum was working away so we were going to meet uncle Dave at the pub. We said goodbye to Grandma around 17:30 and grandad gave us a lift to the pub in his car. We set off onto Victoria Street and we saw white minibus YK08 PVA. We turned left onto the A34. We ran down into Trent Vale where we saw First Potteries 67603 on the final #22 turn going towards Longton. We stopped at the pub and after had had said goodbye to grandad and meet up with uncle Dave we went inside. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme KX13 DZL going Southwards as well as D&G 136 running out of service. We also saw First Potteries 37146 on a #101 to Hanley. Once we had finished eating we went out to catch a bus towards home. We had missed the last #22 to Blurton by 5 minutes and since the timetable change the last bus of Newcastle is 18:09! We decided to catch a bus as far as Trentham and walk the rest of the way. We crossed over london Road and we waited at the stop opposite the pub. A few minutes later the bus appeared as expected and it was First Potteries 67152.


First Potteries 67152 in Trent Vale
We got on the bus and we booked to the Trentham Hotel before we sat down to wards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A34 and we went under the A500 into Hanford. We turned left onto Church Lane and we ran up to the top of the hill. We turned right into Wilson Road and at the end we turned left onto New Inn Lane. We ran down the hill past the Man in Spcae and forwards onto the A5035. We headed left and we stopped out side the Trentham Hotel where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 67152 before it returned to Hanley on the last #21A of the evening.


First Potteries 67152 in Trentham
Once we let the bus go we headed along the A5035 towards Blurton. Before we crossed over the border we saw D&G Bus 33 running out of service.


D&G 33 in Trentham
We crossed over the railway line into Blurton and we continued past the Hem Heath pub and the Newstead Industrial estate. We turned into the estate and we got home around 19:15. Back at Blurton we wrote e-mails and worked on the Blog. Matthew had a bottle of Coke and a glass of shandy as well as a bag of Frazzles. We then chilled out watching music videos on the television and Matthew went to be d aroun 00:30... Mark

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Trip to Hanley / Alsager 17-01-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonFenton, Victoria PlaceCharterShelton Care Group
63172Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley, Lichfield Street6AFirst Potteries
43876Hanley BSFenton, opp Albert Square23First Potteries
YN11 AHJFentonAlsagerCharterZ Carz
YN11 AHJAlsagerFentonCharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going out on the bus later. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Later on out of the window we saw First Potteries 67639 on a #11 to Newcastle. Matthew was going out on the bus. When it was time to go out we saw it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off along Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and left onto Baker Street. We turned left onto Glebedale Road and right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We got up and got off the bus by Victoria Road. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63172 on a #6A to Hanley.


First Potteries 63172 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once off the bus we continued up Tontine Street and onto Parliament Row. We walked along Parliament Row and we walked across Old Hall Street onto Charles Street. We went to Iceland to do some shopping. Matthew went shopping brought a toffee cheesecake. We walked onto Birch Terrace. We walked back up Lichfield Street onto Tontine Street. We continued onto Parliament Row and we stopped at the oatcake van. Matthew had an oatcake from the oatcake van. We sat down and Matthew ate his sausage and cheese oatcake. Once we had finished eating we walked back down Tontine Street to the bus station. We stood in the bus station to wait for a bus back to Fenton. A short time later we saw it was First Potteries 43876 on a #23 to Newstead.


First Potteries 43876 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton we sat down. We set off onto John Street we saw First Potteries 42554 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel. and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran part the railway station before going right onto Glebe Street. After a brief stop we continued forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the road around onto Church Street. We crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We got up and got off the bus by the square. Once off the bus we walked back to the day centre. In the afternoon Matthew went out on Z Carz YN11 AHJ. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran onto the A52 and under the railway line before turning right onto the A500. We ran Northwards through Etruria and Longtport and we came off the A500 onto the Northbound A34. We ran up to Talke Pits and followed the A34 to the right. We passed through the West end of Kidsgrove and we turned left onto the A50. We ran through Church Lawton and we joined the B5077 and we travelled Westwards into Alsager. We stopped at the Asda and Matthew did some shopping. Once we had finished we returned to Fenton in Z Carz YN11 AHJ. We set off onto the B5077 and we ran Eastwards through Church Lawton and forwards onto the A50. We turned left onto the A34 and we ran through Kidsgrove and Talke and turned left onto the Southbound A500. We ran through Longport and Etruria and we came off the A500 in Stoke and we turned left onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and we ran up into Fenton on City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room and use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw Intercity SC08 KVD going towards Hanley.


Intercity SC08 KVD in Fenton
We also saw First Potteries 67151 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67151 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw D&G Bus 113 on a #1A to Park Site.


D&G 113 in Fenton
After a short while we saw another coach. It was Harry Shaw NH05 DDH heading towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw NH05 DDH in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw another coach. It was Harry Shaw Jonkheer bodied coach KOV 2 going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw KOV 2 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw blue minibus BK67 YGC going towards Hanley.


BK67 YGC in Fenton
It was another busy evening for coach sightings. We saw Harry Shaw YR16 BLJ going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YR16 BLJ in Fenton
A short while later we saw Harry Shaw YN15 EKK going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 EKK in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw another Harry Shaw coach. It was Harry Shaw Scania coach YN15 ELV going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 ELV in Fenton
Another Harry Shaw coach that we saw this evening was Harry Shaw YR16 BLX also going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YR16 BLX in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Star Taxi Travel PO12 JSU gping towards Longton.


Star Taxi Travel PO12 JSU in Fenton
The busy evening continued as we saw Harry Shaw YN15 EKW going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 EKW in Fenton
The final harry Shaw that we saw was Harry Shaw YN15 EKT also going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 EKT in Fenton
We walked to Aldi to do some shopping. We set off on foot onto City Road and we crossed over onto Manor Street. WE walked to the end of Manor Street and we turned left onto Victoria Road. We continued down the hill over the old railway line to Leek and down to the supermarket. After picking up some shopping we walked back to the residential unit in a Lucky Seven taxi. We set off onto Victoria Road and we turned right onto Manor Street. We turned right onto City Road and we headed down the hill. We turned left onto Temple Street and left again onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went back up to his room to chill out whilst he waited for tea. For tea Matthew had burger and chips followed by chocolate covered sponge cake and custard. Later on Matthew returned to his room to chill out. Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Trip to Hanley / Birches Head 16-01-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonYMCA HanleyCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXYMCA HanleyFentonCharterShelton Care Group
SM12 HGXFentonBirches HeadCharterLucky Seven


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. It was also a year since the residential unit opened. He was also going to out for tea later and going to the disco. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We also saw First Potteries 67655 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67655 in Fenton
When it was time to go we went to the day centre it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We got on the bus and sat down. We ran onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. We continued to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had a ham sandwich followed by Bakewell Tart. In the afternoon Matthew went to the YMCA on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. we set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we went sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we went straight across onto Lichfield Street. We turned left onto Regent Road and left again onto Harding Road and to our destination. In the YMCA Matthew played football with his peers. After Matthew had finished we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Harding Road and we ran forwards onto The Parkway. We continued onto Ridgeway Road and then we turned left onto Mawson Grove. We turned left onto the A52 and we ran up to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned right onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned right onto Manor Street and then right onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and then left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Back at the unit Matthew went up to his room to use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw D&G Bus 115 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 115 in Fenton
We also saw Harry Shaw YR16 BLX going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YR16 BLX in Fenton
It was quite a busy period outside with load of different buses and coaches going past. A short while later we saw E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB going towards Stoke.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB in Fenton
A few minutes later we also saw Harry Shaw YN15 ELW going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 ELW in Fenton
Matthew was waiting for me and mum to pick him up to go out for tea. The busy period continued and we saw First Potteries 63098 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63098 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Harry Shaw YR16 BLZ going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YR16 BLZ in Fenton
We also saw Harry Shaw NH05 CDH going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw NH05 CDH in Fenton
Another few minutes went by and we saw Stoke-on-Trent city council welfare minibus LK17 DXC going towards Stoke.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton
We also saw taxi minibus SB66 FZW heading towards Longton.


SB66 FZW in Fenton
We saw D&G Bus 119 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 119 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Harry Shaw YN15 EKT going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 EKT in Fenton
We also saw Stanton's of Stoke Mercedes minibus TPY 245 going towards Stoke.


Stanton's of Stoke TPY 245 in Fenton
Mum and dad turned up in the car to take me out for tea. We spent a short while getting ready before we went down to the car. we st off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill onto the A52. We ran down the hill under the railway line and over the A500 into Stoke town centre. We ran around the one-way system and we saw First Potteries 37157 going toward Keele. ran up Hartshill Road through Hartshill passing First Potteries 32630 on a #25 to Hanley. We continued along the A52 to the edge of town. We turned right into Albert Street and at the traffic light we turned right onto A53 where we saw Aimee's / Taxico coach YN54 NYP going towards Etruria. A short time later we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then we found mum who had saved us a table. I ordered the food and Matthew had a glass of Coke whilst we waited. The food arrived and Matthew had a burger and fries. He also helped us eating the some of our chicken new yorkers. Whilst we ate we Aimee's / Taxico coaches UK03 BUS & YN04 UHZ going towards Etruria. For dessert Matthew had ice cream as they had ran out of chocolate fudge cake! After we had finished eating we left the pub and went to the car. We turned left onto the A53 and ran through Basford down to Etruria. We turned left onto the A500. We came of the A500 in stoke and we turned left onto City Road. An we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went up to Matthew's room and we wrote some of the Blog. After doing a couple of entries I left and Matthew chilled out in his room watching television and using his computer. Matthew pointed out that his headphones weren't working so mum returned to Blurton to get a new pair and i stayed with Matthew for a while. When mum got back we set up the headphones and then it was time for Matthew to go out. Transport for the trip out was Lucky Seven SM12 HGX.


Lucky Seven SM12 HGX in Fenton
We got on the minibus and we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Baker Street and left onto Glebedale Road. We turned right City Road and at the roundabout we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A52 and we ran North to Bucknall. We went straight cross onto the A5009 and we ran up through Abbey Hulton. We turned left onto Birches Head Road and we stopped at the disco. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Matthew danced to Halloween themed song until it was time to go home. The transport back to Fenton was in a Lucky Seven taxi. We set off onto Birches Head Road and we turned right onto the A5009. We ran through Abbey Hulton and into Bucknall. We ran forwards onto the A52 and at joiners Square we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran up the hill and went forwards onto City Road. We turned right onto the A50 link Road and we turned right onto the Westbound A50. We came off at Heron Cross and we turned right onto Blurton Road. We ran through the lights and we went forwards onto Heron Street. We ran forwards onto Station Bridge Road and Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. When Matthew got back he went up to his room. He used his computer and watched music videos on the Television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.