Saturday, 28 May 2016

Trip to Wigan / Salford 28-05-2016


























































BusFromToServiceOperator



21241Wigan BSHindley, Wigan Road/Hindley Council Offices (Stop A)540Stagecoach Manchester
36785Hindley, Wigan Road/Hindley Council Offices (Stop A)Tyldesley, Shuttle Street/Lime Street (Stop A)32Stagecoach Manchester
39245Tyldesley, Stanley Street/Meanley Street (Stop G)Salford, Broad St/Pendleton Church (Stop U)V2First Manchester
39255Broad St/Pendleton Church (Stop Q)Astley Street, Guided Busway StopV2First Manchester
39244Astley Street, Guided Busway StopLeigh BSV1First Manchester
27818Leigh BSWigan BS658Stagecoach Manchester


Today we decided to re-visit Wigan. We checked the weather for the North West and Midlands, and it was for mainly dry and sunny weather with some showers in the Midlands. We gave Matthew a choice of destinations and from the choice Matthew chose Wigan. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:30 and we turned onto the A5035. We turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way and we joined the Westbound A50. At Sideway we turned right onto the Northbound A500. As we traveled up the A500 we saw a few buses. these included City Cabs WX04 XGD and Photoflash R77 PHO. We had to queue for the last half a mile before we joined the Northbound M6. As we traveled north we saw Allander coach YJ16 EOB, Bullocks Coaches RB11 BUL and we also saw U-Drive HJ15 ZND.


U-Drive HJ15 ZND the on M6
As we continued North up the M6 we saw an unidentified Edwards Coaches blue & pink coach, Stafford Coaches CNZ 3828, Alfa 83, Rotala Diamond 20795 broken down on the North bound M6 and Rotala Diamond 20825 going North (to replace it?). We came off the M6 at junction 25 and we went North up the A49 into town. We caught up with plain white coach P982 JBC. We went past the large roundabout outside Asda and we continued North into Wallgate and past the two railway stations. we turned left into King Street West and we turned right into Crawford Street. There were no space on Crawford Street, so we went across Bishopgate and left onto Dorning Street where we found a space. We set off to Hallgate so we could have dinner in Mr Chips. On the way we saw Stagecoach Manchester 27234 on a #600 to Bryn.


Stagecoach Manchester 27234 in Wigan bus station
We went into the Cafe and Matthew patiently waited his turn for the toilet to become vacant. After using the facilities we ordered the food... Matthew had sausage and chips with bread and butter washed down with a small bottle of Coke. After we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we walked the short distance over to the bus station. The first thing we noticed was Rotala Diamond white Versa 30144 on layover between working #635's to Appley Bridge.


Rotala Diamond 30144 in Wigan bus station
Further down on the Western side of the bus station we saw dud Arriva NW&W 2997 on layover.


Arriva NW&W 2997 in Wigan bus station
This was a bus that we first had in May 2012 from Abram to Wigan on a #360 service. We crossed over at the bottom of the bus station and we saw required Stagecoach Manchester 36783 on a #632 Highfield Grange circular.


Stagecoach Manchester 36783 in Wigan bus station
We spotted required Stagecoach Manchester 36785 on a #32 to the Wardley Park & Ride site on the A580. The service which used to run to Manchester had now been reduced to hourly and truncated, with passenger for Manchester having to change on the new V1/V2 service. The bus wasn't due to depart for another 25 minutes, so I asked Matthew if he wanted to do a #598 or #540 to Hindley and catch the #32 forwards, which agreed to do. The was a #540 about to pull on the stand behind us, and we saw that it was required Stagecoach Manchester 21241.


Stagecoach Manchester 21241 in Wigan bus station
We sat down in the bus station for a short while whilst we waited for the bus driver to ready the bus for service. The bus came onto stand a we got in the queue to get on the bus. When we got to the front we got on the bus and we booked System One bus only tickets at £5.40 each. we sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus was well loaded. The bus set off out of the bu station and we went down Dorning Street and the left onto King Street West We crossed Wallgate onto Library Street and we crossed over the A49 onto Millgate. We turned right onto Warrington Road for a short distance before turning left onto Darlington Street East. We ran East for just under 1/2 mile and we turned right onto Manchester Road.and we ran through Ince and past Walmesley park into Hindley, a distance of around 2 miles. When we saw the traffic lights we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 21241 before it carried on towards Bolton.


Stagecoach Manchester 21241 in Hindley
As we got off the bus we spotted a white Solo around the corner. We went to investigate... It was Wigan Buses Solo YN04 XYY which was about to work the #620 to Ashton.


Wigan Buses YN04 XYY in Hindley
A few minutes later we saw required Cumfybus YD63 VAX on a #559 to Bolton via Westhoughton.


Cumfybus YD63 VAX in Hindley
A few minutes later we saw a distance Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200... As it got closer we saw it was Stagecoach Manchester 36785 as expected.


Stagecoach Manchester 36785 in Hindley
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One bus only tickets to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down the road to the traffic lights. We turned left onto the A58 and we headed north towards Castle Hill. We turned right onto Sandy Lane and we went East to Broadway where we turned right. We turned left onto Hollins Road and right onto Long Lane and we ran back down onto the A577. We traveled East to Hindley Green and trough Dangerous Corner. We came into Atherton from the West and and we saw First Manchester terminating on the V2 service from Manchester. The bus emptied out a little and Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 36785.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 36785
we left Atherton on Tyldesley Road and we came into Tyldesly, turning left onto the one way system along Shuttle Street. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 36785 as it carried on towards the Wardley park & ride site.


Stagecoach Manchester 36785 in Tyldesley
As this was our first visit to ancestral home, we weren't sure where all the bus stops were. The V1/V2 didn't stop at stop A were we got off so we though it would stop on one of the street that went between Shuttle Street and Manchester road, which was the high Street and the other side of the one way system. As we walked down Shuttle street we ere passed by a Manchester bound V2 service. We saw were the bus turned and now we knew were the bus stop was. We got to the bus stop in a couple of minutes and we had just under 15 minutes to wait for the next service. We had a quick look around and we saw First Manchester 69168. Just as our bus was due we saw First Manchester 39253 on an Atherton bound V2 service.


First Manchester 39253 in Tyldesley
We then turned to see dud First Manchester 39245 on the V2 to Manchester.


First Manchester 39245 in Tyldesley
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One bus only tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. We had agreed with Matthew to go to Pendleton Church, Salford on this bus, which would be the furthest East we had traveled from this direction. We didn't know where we were going, but luckily the buses on the vantage service have the next stop anouncements. We set off through Tyldesley and onto Astley Street. We went a hundred yard or so down the hill and we turned left into the guided bus way. We ran fast Eastwards along the old railway track bed up to Newearth Road where we reached the end of the guided bus way and we turned right. Traveling South down Newearth road we passed the point to which had had traveled the furthest from Leigh. We passed Rotala Diamond 32211, which we had last time we visited the area on a VH1 service...twice! At the bottom of Mewearth Road we turned left onto the A580 and we traveled fast along this main thoroughfare. We crossed under the M60 and we passed the Wardley park & ride site where the #32 now terminates. We then got to a point where the bus announced the next stop as Pendelton Church so we rang the bell. We were on the fast section of the route and we traveled for around 3 miles before the next stop! We joined the A6 and came up of the dual carriageway below and onto a high level road by the church. After crossing a roundabout we saw the stop and we got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Manchester 39245 as it carried on towards Manchester.


First Manchester 39245 in Salford
Where we got off the bus it was incredibly 'bus busy'... There seemed to be a bus come past us every few seconds! We saw First Manchester 33695 go whizzing by on a #37 to Manchester.


First Manchester 33695 in Salford
We also saw Stagecoach Manchester 19504 on the #38 to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.


Stagecoach Manchester 19504 in Salford
We spotted a gap in the bus traffic so we went into Paresh's Newsagent to get some refreshments. We brought a can of Coke and a can of Vimto and a couple of chocolate bars. After paying for the stuff, we left the shop and it was time to find the return stop. We saw a subway so we headed into it. There was a footbridge across the A6 below so we crossed over it and we headed under the subway. Matthew decided he want to use the toilet and we spotted a KFC under the next subway, so that's where we went. We went into the KFC and Matthew used the toilet first. After he used the facilities we waited in the queue to get served. The road circled around the KFC off the roundabout and there were buses past every few second to the shopping centre stops behind us. Matthew had a portion of fries and a cup of Coke as well as a millionaires shortbread. After we had got the stuff we we needed to find somewhere to go and eat the food. We set off out of KFC and we saw Stagecoach Manchester 12239 on a #50 to East Didsbury.


Stagecoach Manchester 12239 in Salford
We also saw Arriva NW&W 4494 on a #10 to Manchester.


Arriva NW&W 4494 in Salford
There was a car park next to the shopping centre which all the buses that stop circled around before going back onto the roundabout. We spotted some bollards next to a small patch of grass so we decided to sit there and eat the food and watch buses for a while. We saw First Manchester 37435 on a #8 to Manchester


First Manchester 37435 in Salford
After we had finished eating we walked back to the towards the subway. We stopped when we saw First Manchester 37370 on a #67 to Manchester.


First Manchester 37370 in Salford
We went to the opposite side of the road where we got off the bus next to Pendleton police station, but it appeared that the bus stop must we on the Western slip road so we headed accross to that side, on the way we saw a Routemaster Buses Routemaster double decker, which appeared to be on hire to a wedding party. We eventually found the stop and we looked at the timetable having just missed a V1 service to Leigh. The nest Vantage service would be a V2 in around 7 minutes. Whilst we waited we saw First Manchester 33673 on a #36 to Bolton.


First Manchester 33673 in Salford
A few minutes later we saw a Vantage bus approaching so we leaped up to flag it down. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 39255 on a V2 service as expected.


First Manchester 39255 in Salford
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the bus was empty, so Matthew got a picture inside First Manchester 39255.


Inside First Manchester 39255
We decided to go to the Astley Street guided bus way stop and get off to catch the following V1 service. We ran fast along the A580 and we we passed Stagecoach Manchester 10443 on a Leigh bound #34 service. We also passe a silver Mercedes mini coach parked outside a pub on the Southside of the A580. We went under the M60 and we ran up to Worsley where we turned right onto Newearth Road. We went North for a short while and we joined the guided bus way. After running West along the bus way we came to the Astley Street stop so we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Manchester 39255 before it carried on towards Atherton.


First Manchester 39255 in Astley Street
We got off the bus and we sat down and waited for the following bus. Whilst we waited we saw First Manchester 39250 on a V1 to Manchester.


First Manchester 39250 in Astley Street
A few minutes later we saw another bus approaching from the East. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 39244 on a V1 to Leigh.


First Manchester 39244 in Astley Street
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set of along the guided bus way and we ran fast to edge of Leigh and we left the guided bus way and we joined Spinning Jenny Way. We past Tesco and the shopping centre and we turned right into Leigh bus station. We let the bus empty out and Matthew took a picture inside First Manchester 39244.


Inside First Manchester 39244
Once we got off the bus Matthew used the facilities and then we looked for a bus to Wigan. Whilst Matthew was in the toilet we saw both a #598 and a #658 depart the bus station. Whilst we waited we decided to take a few bus pictures. We saw Stagecoach Manchester 10450 on a #34 to Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 10450 in Leigh bus station
Outside the bus station on stand M we saw Stagecoach Manchester 10443 about to work a #34 to Bryn.


Stagecoach Manchester 10443 in Leigh bus station
A few minutes later we saw a #658 service come into the bus station. As we got closer we saw that it was required Stagecoach Manchester 27818.


Stagecoach Manchester 27818 in Leigh bus station
We flashed the System One ticket to the driver for the final time today and we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and we went North up Market Place. After traveling Noth we went west along Kirkhall Lane to Westleigh. We continued West to Tamar and hen we took the B5237 West towards Platt Bridge. As we travelled through Bickershaw we saw an ex Arriva London DLA double decker at the side of the road. At Plat bridge we went North through the town center and past the scrapyard, where there appeared to be even more buses than we had seen previously. We carried on North through Ince-in-Makerfield and North into Wigan town centre. We turned left into Darlington Street and we crossed the A49 and onto King Street. We continued across Wallgate onto King Street West and we came into the bus station up Dorning Street. When the bus got on stand we let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 27818.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 27818
Once off the bus we saw Arriva NW&W 4184 on layover at the bottom of the bus station.


Arriva NW&W 4184 in Wigan bus station
We walked around the bus station onto Hallgate where we saw Wigan Coachways DSK 516 on layover.


Wigan Coachways DSK 516 in Wigan
We walked back to the car which mum had moved to Bishopgate. We got in the car and Matthew had a Greggs sausage roll washed down with a small bottle of Irn Bru. We set off down Dorning Street and Frog lane. We headed under the railway and we worked our way over to the A49. We went around the pier and we went South down the A49 and onto the M6. As we traveled South down the M6 we passed Crusade Travel minicoach J60 CTL, a couple of Paul's of Stoke coaches HIL 2375 & M41 BUS, and also an unidentified Swans of Chadderton coach. We also saw Happy Days 230.


Happy Day 230 the on M6
Further South we were caught up by Johnson YJ11 AMO.


Johnsons YJ11 AMO the on M6
At junction 16 we joined the Southbound A500 and we ran down to Sideway where we went East on the A50. We came off the A50 at Longton so we could go check out what was at Z Carz tonight. In the front row we saw Z Carz minibus Y568 XFV.


Z Carz Y568 XFV in Longton
We also saw Z carz minibus X599 WDY.


Z Carz X599 WDY in Longton
At the front of the row we saw Z Carz minibus MV53 KKO.


Z Carz MV53 KKO in Longton
In the second row we saw Z Carz minibus HK57 LFY.


Z Carz HK57 LFY in Longton
Closest minibus to the road was Z Carz minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
We turned left to see what was parked up in the Willow Row compound tonight. We saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We also saw Z Carz Ford minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
We got back onto the A50 and we crossed over the top onto Baths Road. We filled up with diesel and we got back onto the Westbound A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross and we went through Blurton along Blurton Road. We turned right into Church Road and right again Beaconsfield Drive where we saw white Iveco minibus NX03 BFP. We got home around 19:30. For a late tea Matthew had sausages, potatoes and carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

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