Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Trip to Fenton / Tunstall 07-12-2016
















BusFromToServiceOperator



DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
63099Fenton, adj Duke of WellingtonLonton TI6First Potteries
63101Longton TINewcastle BS11First Potteries
32081Newcastle BSTunstall, Adj Stop A99First Potteries
53041Tunstall, Adj Stop BTunstall, opp Asda superstore100First Potteries
53041Tunstall, opp Asda superstoreStanfields, adj Shaftesbury Avenue100First Potteries
41501Stanfields, adj Shaftesbury AvenueKidsgrove, Adj Queen Street7First Potteries
41521Kidsgrove, Adj Queen StreetHanley BS7First Potteries
67156Hanley BSFenton, adj Albert Square23Shelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was going to uncle Dave's, but not before he had been to his day service. It was also the first day of the new First Potteries service from Bradeley to Festival park via Tunstall & Burslem. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had a sausage sandwich for breakfast. Matthew's Transport turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and we set off onto the A5035. We crossed over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn lane and right again into Pacific Drive. After we picked up another service user we headed back onto New Inn Lane and then onto the A5035. We turned left onto Stanley Matthews way and we saw Stanways VAZ 4815 and M53 AWW. We joined the A50 and we ran up to Heron Cross. We went through Heron Cross and onto Heron Street. Having crossed the railway line we went forwards onto Glebedale Road and to our destination. In the morning Matthew was going to Tunstall Asda superstore via Longton on the bus. We set off on foot onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We walked up to the stop opposite outside the old Duke of Wellington pub and whilst we waited we saw Stanton's of Stoke minibus RUI 2486. A few minutes later the bus turned up and it was dud First Potteries 63099 on a #6 to Weston Coyney.


First Potteries 63099 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Longton Interchange. The bus set off up City Road and forwards onto King Street. The bus ran fir around a mile up to the edge of Longton and we saw First Potteries 67640 on a #6 to Hanley. We went under the railway line and we turned right onto baths Road before entering the Transport Interchange from the East end. We got off the bus and then we went for a walk to onto the Strand and through the market. We walked through Bennett Precinct and we went into Home Bargains & B&M. Omnce we had finished shopping we walked back down the strand and we stopped at Costa Coffee. Matthew had a glass of Coke. We then walked to the Transport Interchange to wait for a #11 to Newcastle and we saw First Potteries 67603 on a #11 to Hanley. A few minutes later the bus arrived and it was required First Potteries 63101.


First Potteries 63101 in Longton Interchange
We got on the bus and booked to Newcastle. As the bus was empty Matthew took a picture inside First Potteries 63101.


Inside First Potteries 63101
We sat down and the bus set off our of the Transport Interchange and onto Baths Road. We turned left onto King Street and we ran under the railway line. We continued forwards onto City Road and we ran to the bottom of the hill and onto the A52. We went under the railway line and we crossed over the A500 and we ran into Stoke town centre. We ran along Church Street and we climb the hill into Hartshill before dropping down into Newcastle along George Street. After going around the one way system and onto the Jubilee roundabout we turned left onto Barracks Road and into the bus station. Once off the bus we walked along Hassell Street and onto Friar Street. We crossed under the A34 and we went to Morrison's for dinner. Matthew had a big breakfast minus the mushrooms & tomatoes with a cup of Coke. Once we had finished we walked back up to the bus station. We wanted to catch a bus up to Tunstall so we went to the top stands to wait for a #99. A few minutes later the bus arrived and it was dud First Potteries 32081. We booked to Tunstall and we went upstairs and sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and onto Barracks Road. We crossed over the roundabout and onto the A527. We ran through Wolstanton to Porthill and we ran down the bank and over the A500 into Longport. We ran up the hill and we turned left onto Brownhills Road. At the top of the hill we entered Tunstall and ran along the High Street were we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we crossed over the road to wait for the new #100 service. The bus came around the corner and it was First Potteries 53041. We got on the bus and we booked to Asda. We set off down the high Street and we turned into Woodland Street and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew went shopping in Asda and brought a can of Coke and then we waited for the bus to me around again. An hour later the bus turned up and it was First Potteries 53041 as expected. We got on the bus and we booked to Stanfields before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Woodland Street and onto the A5271. We followed the road around to the right and then down Brownhills Road. We turned left into Westport Road and we ran down to Burslem town centre. We turned right onto Waterloo Road and we ran towards Cobridge and into Festival Park. We ran along Pavillion Drive and we did a U turn at the roundabout and returned onto the A53. We ran through Cobridge Lights and we ran up to Sneyd Green and got onto the A5272. We ran up to Smallthorne Roundabouts and we turned right onto Ford Green Road. We ran to the bottom and we turned left onto Chell Heath Road and we ran up to Bradeley Village. After a short wait the bus returned onto Chell Heath road and we turned right onto Ford Green Road. We ran up the hill and at the roundabouts we turned right onto High Lane. We ran along for a few stops and then we got up and got off the bus. We decided to wait for the next #7 to Kidsgrove. A few minutes later on turned up and it was dud First Potteries 41501. We got on the bus we and we booked to Kidsgrove. The bus set off along High Lane. At the end we turned left onto the A527. We turned right onto Turnhurst Road and we ran up to Packmoor. We continues into Newchapel and onto the High Street. We turned left onto Pennyfields Roads and at the roundabout we went onto Newchapel Road. We ran through the estate via Galleys bank and we ran into Kidsgrove and the bus terminated on King Street where we got up and got off the bus. We waited for the next bus to turn up which was dud First Potteries 41521. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley. We travelled back via Newchapel and Packmoor back to Chell and we joined High Lane. We ran through to Smallthorne roundabout and we continued long the A5272 through Sneyd Green. We ran into Hanley along Town Road and we crossed over the roundabout onto Quadrant Road. We ran forwards onto Stafford Road and we went past the town hall onto Bagnall Street. We entered the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. We then need to get back to Fenton so we decided to do a #23. We walked down the bottom end of the bus station and we saw dud First Potteries 67156 on a #23 to Newstead. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton. The bus set off out of the bus station and we ran down John Street onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road And we ran down Cauldon Road into Shelton. We passed the railway station and we turned right onto Glebe Street past the roadworks. We went forwards onto Church Street and we crossed over the A500 onto City Road. We ran under the railway line and up the hill and we turned right into Christchurch Street where we got up and got off the bus. We walked back to the day centre and and we got on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the journey back home. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we continued onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went through to Heron Cross. We got onto the A50 and we and we ran West to Stanley Matthews Way. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and then right into New Inn Lane. After dropping of a service user we got back onto the A5035 and we ran into Blurton. We got home just before 15:00. When matthew got home he had some toast followed by the last of the Coke Zero Sugar. Uncle Dave had come to visit and Matthew chilled out on his computer for an hour or two and then he had sausage chips and gravy for tea followed by a Tunnock's Caramel biscuit. Just after 20:00 we set off in the car to go around to uncle Dave's. We ran onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthew's Way. We ran up to Heron Cross and we dropped into Fenton and we stopped at uncle Dave's for a few hours. Matthew shared a can of tango and we ate some custard creams. Uncle Dave's VJ/DJ set as always started with 'cat on a motorbike' or Chillout by Youth of Britain. Other tunes included songs by Cat Power and The Fall and as always the set ended with 'Story of the Blues' by The Mighty Wah! We set off a little after 22:00 and we ran down to the A500. We did a u-turn over the City Road junction and we ran South down the A500 to the A519. We turned left onto Whitmore Road and we joined the Southbound A34. We turned left onto the A5035 and we got home around 22:20. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 23:30... Mark

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