Saturday, 25 February 2017

Trip to Bilston / Walsall 25-02-2017

































































BusFromToServiceOperator



GX53 MWPBilston InterchangeWalsall Bradford Place BS334Thandi
4125Walsall St Pauls BSPelsall Cenotaph89NX West Midlands
4339Pelsall CenotaphBloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BA)89NX West Midlands
1751Bloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BD)Walsall St Pauls BS302NX West Midlands
4155Walsall St Pauls BSWolverhampton BS89NX West Midlands
4136Wolverhamton BSBilston, Loxdale St(nwmjgdjw)79NX West Midlands
820Bilston, Loxdale St(nwmjgdma)Bilston Interchange43NX West Midlands


Today we decided to go to Bilston. We checked the weather for today and it was forecast for unsettled windy weather with some rain. The better weather appeared to be to the South. We gave Matthew a list of destinations in the Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Bilston. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 12:00 and we ran down to the A5035. We crossed over the railway into Trentham and we passed D&G Bus 170 on a #14 to Hanley. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A34 and at the next lights we turned left onto Whitmore Road. At the end of Whitmore Road we saw Longmynd Travel coach YX65 ZHW emerging from the A5182. We turned right the a519 and then we joined the Southbound M6. As we travelled down the M6 towards junction 10 we saw Park's of Hamilton (National Express) LSK 814 on a #570 service, an unidentified Yellow & red Cedar Coaches Solo on the back of a low loader and City Cabs DN56 HSX. At Junction 10 we headed West along the Black Country Route a few miles until we came to the edge of Bilston. We turned right onto the A41 and then left onto Church Street where we parked up. We walked a hundred or so yards along the street and we crossed over the tram line. We walked through to the Interchange and we saw National Express West Midlands 831 on a #43 to West Bromwich.


NX West Midlands 831 in Bilston interchange
The toilet in the interchange was busy, so we walked across the road to the toilets by the outdoor market. We then walked back into the bus station to have dinner in the bus station café. Matthew had a breakfast which he washed down with a can of Coke. he also helped mum eat her sandwiches! Whilst we ate we saw Thandi Dart T88 NND on a #334 to Walsall, Rotala Diamond 20003 on a #23 to Wednesbury, Costal Liners 'Bingo Bus' T183 CLO on the #905 service and Walsall Community Transport DK08 OSZ. When we had finished eating we went into the bus station to see what we could catch. On layover we saw required Thandi Dart GX53 MWP which was about to work the next #334 to Walsall.


Thandi GX53 MWP in Bilston interchange
The bus moved off layover onto stand so we decided to do it. We got on the bus and we booked nBus day tickets at £4.30 each before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We guessed that it used to be a Stagecoach Bus and a quick search on the Internet revealed that it used to be 34449 in the Stagecoach South fleet. The bus set off out of the interchange and onto the Southbound A41. At the roundabout we turned left onto the Black Country Route and then we came off at the next roundabout. We headed into The Lunt along Vulcan Road. At the end we turned right onto Darlaston Lane. We crossed under the Black Country Route and we turned left into the Rough Hay estate. At the end of Hall Street East we turned right onto Willenhall Street. We stopped briefly at the main stop in Darlaston on St Lawrence way. Whilst there we saw Thandi Dart RN52 EOV on the #333X service to Willenhall and National Express West Midlands 4319 on a #79 to Wolverhampton. We ran Southwards to the A4038 and we turned left. We then ran long the road for around 2 miles into Walsall. On the way we saw Thandi Dart RN52 EOX on the #333X service to Willenhall and Fastline Travel coach BX14 KRD at the back of there depot. We came onto town along Bradford Street and when we got to the bus station we let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Thandi GX53 MWP.


Inside Thandi GX53 MWP


Rotala Diamond 30886 in Walsall bus station


Ring & Ride 1123 in Walsall bus station


NX West Midlands 4604 in Walsall bus station


NX West Midlands 4125 in Walsall bus station


NX West Midlands 4140 in Walsall bus station


Inside NX West Midlands 4125


NX West Midlands 4125 in Pelsall


Walsall Community Transport WX57 TBO in Pelsall


NX West Midlands 4339 in Pelsall


Inside NX West Midlands 4339


NX West Midlands 4339 in Bloxwich


NX West Midlands 1751 in Bloxwich


NX West Midlands 4155 in Walsall bus station


Inside NX West Midlands 4155


Arriva Midlands 3750 in Wolverhampton bus station


NX West Midlands 4136 in Wolverhampton bus station


Inside NX West Midlands 4136


NX West Midlands 4136 in Bilston


NX West Midlands 820 in Bilston


Inside NX West Midlands 820


NX West Midlands 1893 in Bilston interchange


Arriva Midlands 2276 in Bilston interchange


iGo KX57 FMJ in Bilston interchange


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton


Z Carz LG09 JVX in Longton


Z Carz OV05 WSW in Longton


Z Carz X599 WDY in Longton


Z Carz LV10 OTM in Longton


Z Carz PE10 MJK in Longton


Z Carz GK02 NWJ in Longton


Z Carz BU04 GYW in Longton


Z Carz LV59 DZC in Longton

Friday, 24 February 2017

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 24-02-2017
















BusFromToServiceOperator



DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonJoiners SquareCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUJoiners SquareFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
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 and residential unti. 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 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 did some baking. Matthew made pancakes which he made and ate straight away. We then went went to the residential unit. We set off onto Christchurch Street where we saw First Potteries 67151 on a #23 to Hanley. We turned left into Temple Street and we went into the unit. We then walked back to the day centre. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. For dinner Matthew had McDonald, which was a burger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. When it was time to go to the pub we went in Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We turned sharp right onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed over the roundabout onto Lichfield Street and we went to the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Highlight of the bus sightings included Barratt's N7 BCL and First Potteries 63176 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge. Matthew listened to music on the jukebox with tracks including Billie Piper. When it was time to go back to the day centre Matthew returned on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Palmerston Street and we turned right onto the A52. At joiners Square roundabout we turned left on Victoria Road and then right onto Warrington Road. We re-joined the A52 and we ran up towards Stoke station. We followed the A52 along the railway line and then we turned left onto City Road. We ran up the hill and we turned right into Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. After a brief stop Matthew returned home on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. 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. We went forwards onto Church Road and at the end we went right onto Beaconsfield Drive. Matthew got home around 15:00... Matthew took another picture of Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU before it returned to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
Matthew had toast and a glass of Cherryade 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 67643. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 67637 going towards Longton on the following #22 turn towards Longton. 1626 came and went and the bus didn't turn up... Whilst we waited we saw blue minibus HG15 ECL going into the estate.


HG15 ECL in Blurton
We also saw Cauldwell Construction minibus DV12 JVY.


Cauldwell Construction DV12 JVY in Blurton
After after around 30 minutes waiting it seemed obvious we would be on the following service, which should be First Potteries 67637. Matthew sat down whilst we waited and we saw First Potteries 67639 on another #22 towards Longton.


First Potteries 67639 in Blurton
A few minutes later after waiting for close to 45 minutes a bus finally appeared. It was First Potteries 67637.


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 where we saw Free Sprits minibus MK52 PXH parked up in it's usual overnight spot. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we saw First Potteries 67159 coming out of Pacific Drive. We continued up New Inn Lane and we ran into Hanford where we saw First First Potteries 41521 on a #21A to Trentham Gardens. We turned right into Wilson Road and we ran down Church Lane and we joined the A34. After running under the A500 into Trent Vale. We then saw First Potteries 42553 on a #21 to the Trentham Hotel as well as First Potteries 63176 on the final #22 turn. This means that our bus probably broke down at some point and was replaced at Newcastle on the 1659 Newcastle to Longton. 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 walked back to the A34 and we saw First Potteries 65033 on a #101 to Stafford.


First Potteries 65033 in Trent Vale
We also saw ABC Supreme KX13 DZL aswe headed to the pub. Unsurprisingly mum was already waiting at the pub for us, so we went straight inside. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme DU60 XTB, E-zec patient Transport SF16 EUZ going South as well as First Potteries 53207 on the late extra #22 turn to Longton. 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 and then we then dropped down into Fenton to pick up uncle Dave. We then headed back up to Heron Cross and we crossed the A50 and into Blurton. We ran along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 18:30. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we sorted a few things out. We then chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Trip to Fenton / Newcastle 21-02-2017
















BusFromToServiceOperator



DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67641Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to Grandma's, but not before he had been to his day service and his new residential. Matthew got up around 08:00. He got dressed and had a bacon 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 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 swimming. We set off onto Christchurch Street and onto Masterson Street. We crossed over Smithpool Road and we continued onto Ashworth Street. We turned right onto Napier Street and we crossed over the railway line before going along the private road to the swimming baths. Matthew had a swim and then walked back along the road onto City Road. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had cheese oatcakes followed by some Vienetta. In the afternoon we went to see the new residential unit. Matthew had a look around and took some pictures of the rooms. Afterwards Matthew walked to the pub along Christchurch Street. Matthew then went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. After gwe left the pub Matthew went for a short walk around on Masterson Street, Watkin Street and Temple Street. We stop at the Co-operative store and Matthew brought can of Coke. We then walked back to the day centre. When it was time to go home Matthew got back on board 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 travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road. We went forwards onto Church Road and 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 another 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 glass of cherryade whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 15:56 to Newcastle. Matthew had seen the bus earlier in the day and it was First Potteries 67641. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 67642 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67642 in Blurton
A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67641 as expected.


First Potteries 67641 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 ran over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we saw First Potteries 67151 on a #21A to Hanley. We ran up the hill and we entered Hanford. We turned right into Wilson Road and e turned left into Church Lane. We joined the A34 and we saw ABC Supreme KX13 DZL running South. We then headed into Trent Vale passing First Potteries 67632 on the fianl #22 turn and First Potteries 67153 on a #21A to Trentham Gardens. We turned right into Harpfields Road and we continued onto Hilton Road. We turned left into the hospital and we saw ABC Supreme KX08 UXE and First Potteries 32649 on a #25 to Hanley. 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 67641 as it carried on towards the bus station.


First Potteries 67641 in Newcastle
Once we got off the bus we set off along the A34 and we saw D&G 160 on a 'Nines' service to Clayton.


D&G 160 in Newcastle
At the crossing we crossed over to the middle of the A34 where we saw First Potteries 32635 on a #25 service to Hanley.


First Potteries 32635 in Newcastle
We continued crossing over the A34 and we walked up the hill to Grandma's house. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. We said goodbye to Grandma around 18:20. 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 joined the A52 and we ran into Hartshill. We joined Shelton New Road and we turned left by Twyfords and we ran into Etruria. We went under the A53 before joining the eastbound carriageway. We climbed the hill up through Cobridge and onto Sandbach Road. 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 where we saw D&G 49 running empty. We turned right onto Ford Green Road and we ran up the hill. We ran around Saturn Road, Mars Street and Jupiter Street and we stopped again. We ran back up to Smallthorne Roundabout and we turned left onto High Lane. We had something to pick up in Northwood, so we turned left onto Northam Road. We ran forwards onto Chorlton Road. We turned right onto Birches Head Road and forwards onto Town Road. We turned left onto the A5272 and we ran down the hill through Northwood and onto Bucknall New Road. At the light we continued onto the A52 and we turned right onto the A5272. We stopped in Bentilee to drop something off and then we returned down the A5272 to Bucknall. We joined the A52 and at the lights we followed the A52 to the left. We ran forwards to Joiners Square and turned left at the roundabout onto Victoria Road. We stopped at McDonalds to pick up Matthews tea and then we continued along Victoria Road to the top. We turned right onto the A50 link road and then right onto the Westbound A50. 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 19:30. 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 23:00... Mark