Friday, 22 August 2014

Trip to Fenton / Trent Vale 22-08-2014


YU02 GZGBlurtonFentonCharterABC Supreme
YU02 GZGFentonBlurtonCharterABC Supreme
41502Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way22First Potteries

Today we decided to go to Trent Vale on the bus. Not before Matthew had been out for the day with his new day service. Matthew got up around 07:45 and had some toast and orange juice and used his computer whilst he waited to be picked up. He was picked up a little before 09:00 and we saw ABC Supreme minibus YU02 GZG. we got on the bus and sat down near to the back of the bus. they drove him The bus set off we turned right onto the A5035 where we saw Allendale NK02 KVF and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way. We got onto the East bound A50 which we did up to Longton. We went passed the interchange and saw First Potteries 61237 on a #1 service. We crossed the old A50 and went up Wood Street and then cut across on Anchor Road. As we turned left towards Bentilee we saw Stantons of Stoke KN61 EYG. We stopped just off Dividy Road to pick up another service user before getting back on the Dividy Road. There we saw Wardle Transport's latest double decker 4854. We carried on down to Bucknall and onto the A52. WE followed the A52 left towards joiners Square passing 37158 on the X39. We then turned left onto Victoria Road which we did up to Fenton before heading into the today service we got up and got off. Matthew spent the morning in the sensory room and using a computer. For dinner Matthew had sausage chips and gravy. We walked to the local pub and spent the afternoon looking at buses go past. We saw 53207 on the #23 and 60081 on the #1. After having a few drinks of pop we headed back to the day service. At home time we got onto minibus ABC Supreme YU02 GZG. We turned onto Glebedale Road. We carried on through Heron Cross and along Blurton Road and Beaconsfield Road, getting home around 15:00. At home Matthew had toast and some cherryade. We had six of eight #22's turns and required First Potteries 41502 was going to be on the 16:07 from Blurton. We set off to the bus stop around 15:55 and we walked all the way to the Magdalen Road stop. On the way we saw D&G 171 on the Plumline service.

D&G 171 in Blurton
A few minutes later and bang on time, First Potteries 41502 turned the corner as expected...

First Potteries 41502 in Blurton
We got on the bus and booked to Harpfields Road. We sat down towards the back of the bus and we set off onto the A5035. The bus was quite well filled and matthew wasn't able to get a picture inside this bus. The bus carried on towards Trentham. In Trentham we passed dud First Potteries 41522 going into Trentham Gardens on a #21B. We carried on through Hanford and we passed First Potteries 41540 on a #21 to Trentham. On New Inn Lane we passed dud First Potteries 42894 on a #22 to Dresden. We carried on through Hanford and to the A34. We crossed under the A500 and passed the pub before turning Right into Harpfields Road. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 41502 as it carried on towards Newcastle and Hanley.

First Potteries 41502 in Trent Vale
As we got off we saw JayJays Travel NA04 ZLN going towards the hospital. We walked back onto the A34 and we saw a bus approaching in the distance. I thought it was a Scania on the #101 but as it got closer we could see it was a Dart. As it got closer we saw it was dud first Potteries 40376 running empty.

First Potteries 40376 in Trent Vale
We walked back to the pub and mum was just arriving. Matthew had a brunch with bread and butter followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included Bennetts Travel Solo MX53 FDJ running empty and ABC Supreme YN55 KXO. There were a couple of double deckers out on the #101 and they were First Potteries 32627 & 32634. When we had finished eating Matthew called uncle Dave on the phone to discuss today's activities. We set off onto the A34 and under the A500. In Trentham we passed Leons Coaches 214 and another double decker on the #101. First Potteries 32639. We turned onto the A5035 and we passed D&G 174 on the Trentham bound Plumline service. We got home around 18:00. Matthew then chilled out on his computer and watched 'On the Yorkshire Buses' until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

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