Saturday, 22 June 2013

Trip to Chorley 22-06-2013


33472Chorley TITowngate, Tesco (Stand F)109Stagecoach Lancashire
47331Towngate, opp Job CentreChorley TI109Stagecoach Lancashire
15566Chorley TIWhittle-le-Woods, by Hardacre Lane125Stagecoach Lancashire
15563Whittle-le-Woods, by Moss LaneChorley TI125Stagecoach Lancashire
MX58 ABOChorley TIBuckshaw Village, opp Old Worden Hall‎14Tyrers
47329Buckshaw Village, opp Old Worden Hall‎Chorley TI109Stagecoach Lancashire

Today we decided to visit Chorley. We had picked up a leaflet on fares around Chorley after traveling on the #125 service last week and this is one of the reasons why Matthew chose Chorley. We didn't do too much research on this trip, other than have a quick look on the Stagecoach website and to check the weather. The weather was down as cloudy with heavy rain showers. Matthew also had a cookery class at Heathfield too, so mum set off around 09:20 to pick up her friend on the way. They went along the A5035 to Dresden and turned onto Belgave Road. They turned right onto Lightwood Road and then right onto Highland Drive. After picking up mum's friend we drove up to the A50 which we did up to the A500. We then went along the a500 up to the A527 Tunstall by-pass. We did this to the end and onto High Lane and down spring Bank Road to Heathfield. Whilst he was there he made a tuna salad wrap and also made a marble cake. After cooking he went into the hall and spent time in the soft play area. I packet the trip bag and came up to fetch Matthew. We set off around 1145 and went down Stanley Matthews Way and onto the A50. we then did the A500 to Etruria to pick up some LPG. As we were in Etruria we decided to go to Heathfield via Smallthorne. We did the A53 up to Sandbach Road and then to Smallthorne roundabout. Here we saw First Potteries 40010 on a Ball Green bound #98 service. We carried on down Smallthorne bank and then left onto Chell Heath Road. We had heard that the M6 was running slow heading North so we decided to eat locally whilst the road cleared a little. we had seen the cafe nearby so we asked if it was still open. having found out that it was we went to fetch Matthew from Heathfield. It was his last time here as he was now too old to attend these classes so he said goodbye to some of the great people that had spent time with Matthew during his many days in and out. We drove to the cafe on Spring Bank Road and parked nearby. Matthew had a breakfast and toast with some squash to wash it down. After eatting. Around 13:00 we left the cafe and got back in the car. Matthew had a can of coke and looked at his marble cake. As he had just had a big breakfast he decided to save it until later to eat after his post bus sausage roll. We headed back onto the A500 via the A527 and North to the M6. The northbound traffic was still moving slowly and as we joined the M6 we saw Caledonian Travel coach LSK 509.

Caledonian Travel LSK 509 on the M6
We caried on North through slow traffic. It cleared around junction 18 and it was quite beyond junction 21A. we came off at junction 27 and went via the A5209, past the BP petrol station which had a Costcutters, A5250, Boundry Lane/Pepper Lane, A49 and then the A5251. At the end of the A521 we turned left onto the A6. We did this north past the Interchange and then we parked in the flat iron car park just off the A6. We walked up the the bus station and Matthew used the toilet. After he had finished we were considering catching Stagecoach 15567 which we had been on before. The we saw required stagecoach Lancashire 33472 on a #109 service.

Stagecoach Lancashire 33472 in Chorley Interchange
We booked Chorley dayrider plus tickets and sat down near the back of the bus. We set off to Euxton and over the west coast main line. we then headed north to Buckshaw. The bus was sparsely filled, but because of how people wee arranged Matthew was only able to get a phot0 of the back few seats.

Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 33472
We carried on through Buckshaw and then into Leyland. Whist we were on the bus there was quite a heavy shower. I was getting wet from an open window which was half way down the bus. The rain stopped just before we got of the bus. It was a nice wide pavement and he was able to get a really nice shot of this ALX Dart.

Stagecoach Lancashire 33472 in Leyland
We checked the bus stop to see if this was where we caught the return #109, It wasn't of course, but as we looked we saw this fine example of a Pulsar 2 belonging to Fishwicks.

Fishwick's YJ60 GHF in Leyland
We walked around the corner to the right stop, (the stop opposite was out of use, the reason for which soon becomes apparent). There was no shelter at this stop and it started to rain a little. We saw Fishwicks YJ09 CWF heading in the opposite direction. The rain stopped again and then the bus we wanted appeared around the corner. It was required Stagecoach Lancashire 47331.

Stagecoach Lancashire 47331 in Leyland
We got on and Matthew was trying to honk the horn. the driver did it for him on this occasion. It was a well filled Solo and we sat near the back. As the bus headed through Buckshaw it did empty out a little. By the time we got to Chorley the bus was nearly empty. At the interchange the bus finished emptying and Matthew got a picture inside this bus.

Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 47331
On an adjacent stand was required Stagecoach Lancashire 15566 on a Preston bound #125 service. We decided to do this so Matthew got a quick picture before we got on the bus.

Stagecoach Lancashire 15566 in Chorley Interchange
We got on the bus and sat upstairs. The top deck was nearly empty but there were people dotted about front and back. We headed through town and onto the A6. We then headed North up to the hospital. When we got to Whittle-le-Woods we saw a convenient stop we got off. Matthre took another picture of Stagecoach Lancashire 15566.

Stagecoach Lancashire 15566 in Whittle-le-Woods
We walked down to the total garage which had a Spar shop. Matthew used the toilet and then e brought 2 bottles of Coke, a Milky Way and a Galaxy Caramel. As we walked back to the crossing we heard a noisy vehicle approaching, It was a Tarmac steam lorry and it thundered past at great speed!

Tarmac steam lorry in Whittle-le-Woods
We crossed the road and walked to the stop. Whilst there Matthew had a Milky way and one of his bottle of Coke. We then saw a Preston bus approaching. It was Preston Bus 20776.

Rotala Preston Bus 20776 in Whittle-le-Woods
Right behind this was the #125 service. It was dud Stagecoach Lancashire 15563.

Stagecoach Lancashire 15563 in Whittle-le-Woods
We got on the bus and sat down on the top deck. We followed 20776 down and into the hospital. There was only one other person on the top deck and they got off on the edge of town near B&Q. Matthew took a picture of the top deck at this point.

Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 15563
We carried on into town and into the bus station. e got off the bus and Matthew used the toilet again. He also decided to visit the travel office and he picked up a timetable for the Transdev #124 service. We were about to do a #125 towards bolotn when matthew decided he wanted to go on a Tyrers bus. It was required Tyrer's MX58 ABO. Having worked out where the bus was going we got on and sat down near the back. The bus headed north as if on a #125 but didn't call into the hospital. Just North of the hospital the bus turned left into what looks like an industrial estate called Buckshaw village. At the end of this was a housing estate. When we got to the end of the housing estate we were on the familiar looking Central Avenue. The bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside this nice example of a Solo.

Inside Tyrer's MX58 ABO
He also got a good picture of the outside too.

Tyrer's MX58 ABO in Buckshaw village
We got off and we were a little worried that we were gong to have to wait nearly an hour. Luckily that was for the Fishwick's #109. The stagecoach service was due any minute. It turned the corner and we could see it was a Solo. It turned out to be required Stagecoach Lancashire 47329.

Stagecoach Lancashire 47329 in Buckshaw village
We got on the bus and sat down near the back. The journey back was swift and we got back to and when we got back Matthew photographed the inside of the 47329 to.

Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 47329
We carried on into town and into the bus station We spotted Transdev 212 on a #124 to Blackburn.

Transdev Lancashire United 212 in Chorley Interchange
We walked around the bus station and took a few pictures of buses. One such bus was Arriva NW&W 2678 on a #362 to Wigan.

Arriva NW&W 2678 in Chorley Interchange
We walked around to the car where mum was waiting, with Wrights sausage rolls and a can of Irn Bru followed by his marble cake. We set off back via the A6, A5251, A49 and onto the M6 at junction 27. We headed South and the road was clear so we made good time. We headed onto the A500 and then onto the A50. here we saw former Procters coach HIL 7615 pass us. we got off the A50 at Longton to see the Z carz depot. There were 4 buses parked up on the spare ground First was Z carz DAF mini coach W344 WNS.

Z Carz W344 WNS in Longton
The we saw BV51 BNO which we haven't seen for a week or two, a regular school bus.

Z Carz BV51 BNO in Longton
R920 WNT was parked at the back and finally, relative newcomer W221 CDN was there too..

Z Carz W221 CDN in Longton
We turned Willow Row where we saw Volkswaggon minibus DX55 WGE parked up.

Z Carz DX55 WGE in Longton
We carried on around onto Longton Hall Road and then into Blurton. On Beaconsfield Drive we saw First Potteries 40179 on a #23 service. We got home around 19:00 and We had a late tea of bangers and mash followed by cheesecake. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 00:00...Mark

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