Friday, 16 January 2015

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 16-01-2015


DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
60072Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way (Unmarked)22First Potteries

Today Matthew was going for tea in Trent Vale, not before going to his day service. Matthew got up at around 08:00 and had toast and juice for breakfast. The bus turned up and it was his usual transport Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.

Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and it picked up another service user before going onto the A5035. We then turned left into Church Road. We went through Blurton and into Heron Cross. We carried onto Heron Street and then turned left onto Christchuch Street before getting to the destination. Matthew took a picture of the bus before heading inside. In the morning Matthew went into the sensory and spent time using a computer. For dinner he had sausage chips and gravy from the chips shop. Matthew had been due to go to the pub in Joiners Square. Today Matthew went in a Lucky Seven taxi. We set off through Fenton before coming out of Smithpool Road onto City Road. We headed down towards Stoke before doing the A52. we saw First Potteries 66838 on a #3 and AVA Coach BD57 WDG. We carried on past the University to Joiners Square where we turned left onto Lichfield Street before arriving at our destination. At the pub Matthew went to the toilet and drank some Coke. Highlights of the bus sightings included First Potteries 60075 on the #6 to Hanley.

First Potteries 60075 in Joiners Square
We also saw First Potteries 63178 on a #6 to Hanley.

First Potteries 63178 in Joiners Square
When it was time to go we were picked up by another lucky seven taxi. We went down Lichfield Street and across Joiners Square roundabout and onto Victoria Road. We turned right at Manor Street and then left into City Road. Finally we turned right into Glebedale Road before we reached our destination. When it was time to return home Matthew got back onto Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. The bus took us onto Glebedale Road and we followed it through to Heron Street and into Heron Cross. We went through the lights and over the A50 before continuing through Blurton along Blurton Road. We turned right at Critchlow's Corner onto Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. Matthew got home around 14:40 today. After having some toast and Dandelion & Burdock we chilled out until it was time to go and catch the bus. We set off just before 16:00 and we walked towards he stop on Magdalen Road. Before we got there, we spotted D&G 170 going in the opposite direction on the Blurton Plumline service.

D&G 170 in Blurton
We were expecting the bus to be dud First Potteries 60072 and bang on time it appeared from around the corner.

First Potteries 60072 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfield Road before we sat down near to the back of the bus. The bus headed toeards the A5035 and we saw Z Carz Y568 XFV go past the end of the street towards longton. We turned right onto the A5035 and we carried on towards Trentham. In Trentham we passed the only required bus out on the main service which was First Potteries 60069. In Hanford we passed dud First Potteries 40003 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel. We carried on down and we turn right onto the A34. We crossed under the A500 and we entered Trent Vale. We still hadn't passed anything on the 'Extra' 16:05 Newcastle - New Inn Lane #22 service. We passed the pub and the bus moved right to do the right turn into Harpfields Road. We turned into Harpfields Road and we saw the #22 short coming the other way... It was a Cherry Route branded bus. We got off the bus and Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 60072 as it carried on towards Newcastle.

First Potteries 60072 in Trent Vale
On the opposite side of the road past the bus stop was required First Potteries 65733 on the #22 New Inn Lane 'short' service.

First Potteries 65733 in Trent Vale
We got to the pub and as we had got there before mum we sat on a table near to the door to wait for her. Eventually met mum and Matthew had a brunch with bread and butter followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses were First Potteries 65026 & 65027 Stanton's of Stoke coach YKZ 6759 and ABC Supreme minibus YX03 JVZ. After we had finished eating we called Uncle Dave and we went to pick him up. We drove along the A34 and onto the Northbound A500. We went East at the A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross and we dropped into Fenton. After we had picked up uncle Dave, we headed up to Heron Cross and through Blurton, getting home around 18:00. Matthew then chilled out watching bus videos and using his computer before bedtime around 00:00... Mark

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