Friday, 24 July 2015

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 24-07-2015


DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
60069Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way (Unmarked)22First Potteries

Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been out with his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and strawberry juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.

Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
we got on the bus and the bus set off onto the A5035. We went over the railway line into Trentham before turning at New Inn Lane. We turned into Pacific Drive and we picked up another service user before going back onto New Inn Lane. We returned along A5035 before turning left into Church Toad and forwards onto Blurton Road to Heron Cross. We turned right to go through the traffic lights and onto Heron Street. After crossing over the railway we turned left onto Christchurch Street before reaching 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 to the pub in an Intercity taxi. We set off onto Glebedale Road and right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we headed down to Joiners Square roundabout. At the roundabout we went straight onto Lichfield Street and we reached our destination. At the pub Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke. Highlights of the bus sightings at the pub included First Potteries 63176 which was on a #6 to Meir.

First Potteries 63176 in Joiners Square
We also saw First Potteries 65026 which was on a #6 to Hanley.

First Potteries 65026 in Joiners Square
This was followed by Scraggs Versa YJ59 GHH on a #50 to Longton.

Scraggs YJ59 GHH in Joiners Square
When it was time to leave we got back into Intercity taxi for the journey back to Fenton. The bus went down Palmeston Street and right onto the A52. We headed up towards Fenton along Victoria Road and we turned sharp right On City Road. We turned left onto Glebedale Road and then we reached our destination. When it was time to go home we got back onto Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX and the bus went towards Heron Cross via Heron Street and through Blurton along Blurton Road. The bus turned into Beaconsfield Drive and we got home around 15:00. Matthew had some toast and a drink of cherryade before we set off on foot all the way to Magdalen Road. I had viewed all the buses or so I thought but I wasn't sure which one it was going to be. The three that I had seen were First Potteries 60068, 60072 & 60205. As we waited for the Newcastle bound bus we saw dud First Potteries 60068 going towards Longton.

First Potteries 60068 in Blurton
Form the order of the buses seen earlier in the day we were expecting First Potteries 60205 in the new livery to be the one to round the corner. When a barbie liveried Scania came around the corner we knew that the bus had swapped. As it got closer we saw that it was dud First Potteries 60069.

First Potteries 60069 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfields Road and we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off on the A5035 and turned right. As the bus was empty behind us Matthew decided to take a picture of the empty rear section of First Potteries 60069.

Inside First Potteries 60069
We crossed into Trentham and we saw D&G 174 ahead of us on the #20 to Trentham. We turned into New Inn Lane and we carried on into Hanford. We passed First Potteries 40029 on a #21 to Trentham and we caught up with First Potteries 40175 on a #21 to Hanley. We went down Church Lane. We joined the A34 and went under the A500 into Trent Vale, passing First Potteries 60205 on the #22 to Longton. We turned right into Harpfields Road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 60069 as it carried on towards Newcastle.

First Potteries 60069 in Trent Vale
We walked back onto the A34 and we saw We got to the pub and mum was waiting for us. Matthew had a brunch with bread and butter followed by Cheescake with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses were First Potteries 37157 on the #22 to New Inn Lane & ABC Supreme Mercedes minibus YX03 JVZ. After we had finished eating we went out to the car. We called Uncle Dave and we went to pick him up. We set off onto the A34 and onto the Northbound A500. At Sideway we joined the Eastbound A50 passing PPH of St Albans K436 AVS. We did the A50 to Heron Cross. We dropped into Fenton and picked up uncle Dave. After we had picked him up we went back through Heron Cross and over the A50 and we saw First Potteries 40009. We carried on along Blurton Road where we saw First Potteries 60068 on a Longton Bound #22. At Critchlows Corner we went forwards onto Church Road before turning left into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home at approximately 18:15. Matthew then chilled out on his computer looking at bus pictures and listening to music until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

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