Friday, 10 April 2015

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 10-04-2015


DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonJoiners SquareCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUJoiners SquareFentonCharterShelton Care Group
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60069Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way (Unmarked)22First Potteries

Today Matthew was going for tea in Trent Vale but not before he spent the day with his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and juice for breakfast. The bus turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.

Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We set off onto the A5035 and headed towards Trentham. We turned into New Inn Lane and then into Pacific Drive. Once we had picked up another service user we headed back onto New Inn Lane and the A5035. We headed along into Blurton and we turned into church Road. We carried on into Blurton Road 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 into the sensory and spent time using a computer. We went to fetch dinner from the chip shop. For dinner he had sausage chips and gravy from the chips shop. After dinner we went to the pub. Today we went in Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We turned onto Glebedale Road and then Crossed over city Road onto Fountain Street. We followed the Road onto William Street. We turned right onto Manor Street and then left onto Victoria Road. We went down Victoria Road and we crossed Joiners Square onto Lichfield Street. When we got to the pub Matthew went to the toilet and then had a drink of Coke. Highlight of the buses included First Potteries Scania 60074 on a #6B to Hanley.

First Potteries 60074 in Joiners Square
When it was time to go back to they day centre we got aboard Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We traveled down Palmerston Street and onto the A52. At Joiners Square rundabout we turned left onto Victoria Road. We headed to the top of Victoria road before taking a sharp right turn onto City Road. We turned onto Glebedale Road and to the destination. When it was time to go home we had a different bus... It was Shelton Care Group NL61 VSG. We set off onto Glebedale Road an forward onto Station Bridge Road and Heron Street. In Heron Cross we went straight across onto Blurton Road and over the A50. We carried on into Blurton along Blurton Road and forward onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Road and arrived home just before 15:00. Matthew had toast and a drink of dandelion & Burdock whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:07 to Newcastle and we were expecting it to be dud First Potteries 60069. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. As we got there we saw the late running 15:47 to Dresden, which was First Potteries 60068.

First Potteries 60068 in Blurton
We stood at the bus stop and pretty much bang on time we saw dud First Potteries 60069 come around the corner as was expected.

First Potteries 60069 in Blurton
We got on to the bus and we booked to Harpfields Road. We sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus set off onto the A5035. We turned right towards Trentham and as we passed Stanley Matthews Way we saw the back end of D&G 160 stopped outside the Hem Heath pub on the #20 to Hanley. We carried on towards Trentham and we turned right into New Inn Lane. We passed a small procession of buses. First we passed First Potteries 41496 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel. We then passed First Potteries 40375 which was running out of service. This was followed by First Potteries 60202 on the following #22 to Dresden and then 40023 on a #21B to Trentham Gardens. We ran through to Hanford and down Church Lane onto the A34. The A34 was busy and we saw a couple of buses. Stevens Travel KS56 DSZ was parked on the South side bus stop where the #101 uses stops at, and Edwards Coaches FJ11 GNF in national Express livery was on a #528 to Rochdale. There must have been a problem on the North bound M6 for that coach to be seen on the A34... We carried on into Trent Vale and we passed Lucky Seven taxi minibus SJ55 LSK going the other way. We caught up with Edwards Coaches FJ11 GNF just before we turned right onto Harpfields Road. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 60069 as it carried on towards Newcastle.

First Potteries 60069 in Trent Vale
We started to walk towards the A34 and we turned and saw First Potteries 66838 on the short #22 turn to New Inn Lane.

First Potteries 66838 in Trent Vale
The A34 was extremely busy and we saw 3 #101s in quick succession. First Potteries 65040 went south towards Stafford and on the opposite side of the road First Potteries 65037 went North Towards Hanley. Just after these two buses went out of sight a third #101 went south towards Stafford. It was First Potteries 65039.

First Potteries 65039 in Trent Vale
I had forgotten to text mum to tell her we had got on the bus, so she was a little late in setting off. We sat on the wall and waited a few minutes for her to turn up. When mum turned up we went into the pub. 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 Global Coaches GL11 OES? and the Travellers Choice 7962 IL?. After we had finished eating we went out to the car. We called Uncle Dave and we went to pick him up. We drove along the A34 and onto and A500. The a500 was at a stand still and we saw three unidentifield coaches. A Longmynd Coach, A Pearsons Coach and a Tesco liveried coach. We were also passed by D&G Versa 171 running out of service. We went East on the A50 and going into Heron Cross before we headed into Fenton. After we had picked up uncle Dave, we headed up to Heron Cross and through Blurton. Passing through Blurton we saw First Potteries 53209. We carried on down Beaconsfield Drive getting home around 17:50. Matthew then chilled out watching bus videos and using his computer before bedtime around 00:00... Mark

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