Saturday, 8 June 2013

Trip to Northwich 08-06-2013


N769 EWGChell HeathNorthwich InterchangeCharterTomlinsons Travel
867Northwich InterchangeNorthwich, Iron Bridge (SW-bound)1Arriva NW&W
2612Northwich, Iron Bridge (NE-bound)Northwich Interchange1Arriva NW&W
2498Northwich InterchangeLeftwich, opp Shops29AArriva NW&W
2498Leftwich, opp ShopsNorthwich Interchange29AArriva NW&W
SL10Northwich InterchangeNorthwich, opp Tesco289GHA
878Northwich, opp TescoRudheath, Wright Avenue (cnr)2Arriva NW&W
878Rudheath, Wright Avenue (cnr)Northwich Interchange2Arriva NW&W
2499Northwich, opp TescoBarnton, Broomsfield Lane (cnr)4Arriva NW&W
2499Barnton, Broomsfield Lane (cnr)Northwich Interchange4Arriva NW&W

Today Matthew was visiting Heathfield, and we Northwich instead. Matthew got up around 08:45 and had some toast and orange juice for breakfast. As we set off we saw First 40145 on a #22 and 40003 on a #23. We got onto the A5035 and then e traveled down Stanley Matthews Way. We then went onto the a50 and then the Northbound A500. We came off the A500 at the A527 and we did this road over to High lane. We then headed down Spring Bank Road and then to Heathfield. Matthew had a cooking class in which he made Chicken Pie and a fruit smoothie. H attempted to eat the pie but he wold not drink the smoothie as he didn't like the fruit they used! We picked him up around 12:30 and he went to the toilet before we set off. We then was required Tomlinson Travel N769 EWG. We got on and sat down. We headed back onto High Lane and and onto The A527. we did this down to the A500 and then we headed North. Wen we got to the M6 we could see that the Northbound carriageway was virtually stationary so we took the road up to Radway Green. We stopped at the level crossing to let a Crewe bound train go past and then we carried on to the then end of the road. we turned right towards Alsager and went past a Spar shop. We then turned left towards Hassall and then we headed onto the A533. We decided we would go to Middlewich on the A road rather than get back on the M6 and back into Middlewich along the A54. As we went through Sandbach we saw DAF double decker Arriva NW&W 4096 on the #38 service. We stopped at the country kitchen food van by the golden Lion pub and Matthew had a bacon and Egg bap and a bottle of Coke. As we ate we saw required Arriva NW&W 2498 heading North to Northwich. We carried on along the A533 and we parked up in Nortwich around 14:00. As we walked down to the stops we missed dud Arriva NW&W 2497 on a #37 service. We decided to do the Dennis MPD on the #1 which was 867.

Arriva NW&W 867 in Northwich
We got on the bus and booked our tickets. After sitting down we looked 867 up and surprisingly it was required! We got off as we always do by the iron Bridge and Matthew got another picture of this bus.

Arriva NW&W 867 by the Iron Bridge
We Crossed the road and we waited for the inbound service. We didn't have to wait long before before required Arriva NW&W 2612 appeared from around the corner.

Arriva NW&W 2612 by the Iron Bridge
We sat down near the back of this bus which was reasonably well filled for an inbound service. The journey was swift, passing the site of the Waitrose in town. When we got back to Northwich and the bus emptied out, Matthew got a picture inside this bus.

Inside Arriva NW&W 2612
When we got back there were the #37 and #29A to look at. First we saw required Arriva NW&W 2609 on the #37.

Arriva NW&W 2609 in Northwich
Matthew didn't fancy doing this so we decided to do required Arriva 2498 on the #29A Leftwich circular.

Inside Arriva NW&W 2498
We got on and sat down near the back. We set off out of town on the A533 and then turned onto London Road. We went around the Leftwich estate and stopped for minute or so at the shops before returning back into town along the A533. When we got back Matthew got a picture inside this bus.

Arriva NW&W 2498 in Northwich
We didn't fancy doing 2498 forward towards sandbach, and we had missed dud 2515 on the #31A to Crewe. Dud 2617 was on the next #29A turn. We decided to wait around for a few minutes. Matthew went to the toilet and then we saw Network Warrington 75 turn up about to work the #46.

Network Warrington 75 in Northwich
We decided to check out the #289, and we were rewarded with required GHA Solo SL10 with it's 'Into the Port' green livery.

GHA SL10 in Northwich
We booked our tickets and sat down. Matthew was well behaved and he didn't try to beep the horn today. After a short wait the bus set off past GHA S16 which had appeared to work the #48 Frodsham service. We headed East out of town and we got off the adjacent to the Tesco store.

GHA SL10 by Northwich Tesco
We decided to do the #2 back the long way as we had done before. We walked back past Tesco and the railway station and turned right onto Station Road. There was someone waiting at the stop and there was a bus due. A few minutes later we saw an Deenis MPD approaching and it turned right off the adjacent roundabout. It was required Arriva NW&W 878.

Arriva NW&W 878 near Northwich station
We sat down at the back of the bus and the bus went out off town down Middlewich road and then into the Rudheath estate. The bus pretty much emptied out at one stop and then we headed back into town. When we arrived back and the bus emptied matthew took a picture inside this bus.

Inside Arriva NW&W 878
required Arriva 2618 was on the #31A and he didn't fancy that. The #37 was dud 2611 and the #29A was dud 2619. There ddn't seem to be any option left for getting in new Arriva buses. Network Warrington 68 was on the #45 to Warrington so he got a picture of this.

Network Warrington 68 in Northwich
Just as we thought we had run out of Arriva options, required cadet 2499 appeared on the #4 to Branton.

Arriva NW&W 2499 in Northwich
We decided to do a circuit on this bus, so we got on and sat down near the back. The bus was quit well filled and it emptied as it headed out of town. As we passed the hospital the bus came to a brief stop as there was a little dog running straight down the road! We went passed the salt works and into Branton going around the estate. As we headed back into town the driver thought we had accidentally got on the wrong bus! Only a couple of people got on the inbound service an it took a little over 30 minutes to do the round trip. When we got back Matthew took a picture of the inside of the bus.

Inside Arriva NW&W 2499
The driver asked if we considered doing the #37's and #31's, but when I told him that they had all been Cadets and Centros we both thought that there must have been an event somewhere and that all the deckers were on the #84's. We decided to call it an evening at this point as we were all a little hot and bothered anyhow. We walked bck to the car park were we met mum who had got us some sausage rolls and Matthew had a cold Dandelion and Burdock. We headed out of town on the A559 which we did up the A556. We did the A556 eastbound to the M6 and then we headed South to the A500. We did the A500 to the A50 and then we went East to Longton to check out the Z carz depot. As we left the A50 we saw First potteries 40150 on a #22 service. Today there were only 2 vehicle parked up. One of the new arrivals to the fleet, W221 CDN was parked on the end of the row.

Z Carz W221 CDN in Longton
The other bus was DAF minicoach W344 WNS.

Z Carz W344 WNS in Longton
We turned to look at the willow Row compound but this was empty. We headed down Longton Hall Road and into Blurton passing 40018 on the other #22 turn. We got home around 17:40. Matthew used is computer and I cooked tea. For tea this evening we had bangers and mash with carrots. Matthew then used his computer, not quite as chilled out as he usually is until bedtime around 00:30...Mark.

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