Saturday, 31 March 2018

Trip to Altrincham / Trafford Centre 31-03-2018


























































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3101Altricham InterchangeTrafford Centre BS245Arriva NW&W
69141Trafford Centre BSEccles Interchange2First Manchester
66863Eccles, Library (Stop F)Trafford Centre BS2First Manchester
19335Trafford Centre BSStretford, Metrolink (Stop K)23Stagecoach Manchester
3099Stretford, Arndale (Stop G)Sale, Dane Road18Arriva NW&W
3095Sale, Chapel RoadAltricham Interchange18Arriva NW&W


Today we decided to re-visit Altrincham for the first time since February 2012. Since our last visit they have re-built the transport interchange. We had checked the weather for today and it was for cool cloudy weather with occasional showers. Mum hab been very busy at work so we showed matthew the map and told him we should go no further than 30-40 miles. We made a few suggestions but he didn't seem happy. He originaly chose Wilmslow, but with only 2 different buses service the town and these being different operators, and there being no Cheshire bus ticket, I suggested that we try Altrincham again, to which he agreed. I did a very quick resecrh of parking and also we looked at a couple of places where we could eat. I didn't get back from work until 11:00 and mum was a few minutes later. Matthew got up just after 11:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 12:15 and we ran down to the A5035. We turned right onto Stanley Matthew Way. We joined the WEstbound A50 and at Sideway we got onto the Northbound A500. It seemed quiet in Stoke but as we got to the top end of the A500 it was busy. We queued for a short while to get on the M6 and as we came up the sliproad we saw an unidentified Baker Dolphin coach go past us on the main carriageway. As we travelled Northwards we saw Reays PJ14 ENR, white minibus HX66 WUV, blue minibus PL65 ECE, silver minibus MF15 CHO and Green & white minibus RX05 SXA. We came off the M6 at junction 19 and we went Eastwards along the A556. At the motorway junction roundabout we went forwards on to the A56 for the last couple of miles into town. We turned right off the A56 and we ran into town along Regents Road. As we approached we saw Springfield RH66 HOW on a #289 to Northwich. We initally tried to park on Street on Stamford New Road but the car parking was limited to 20 minutes. We returned onto Regent Road and into the car park. We parked the car and Matthew went to the toilet. Once Matthew had used the facilities We walked down Regent Road to Bap where we had dinner. Matthew had to check out the toilets there too and we found a table whilst mum ordered the food. Matthew had a bacon and sausage bap washed down with a can of Pepsi. He also helped mum to eat here bacon and sausage bap too. When we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we continued down Regent Road and left onto New Stamford Road. On the way to the interchange we saw required Network Warrington 41 on a #5 to Warrington.


Network Warrington 41 in Altrincham
We continued down to the interchange. As the level of the road is higher than the level of the interchange you can stand on the road and look down onto the buses and get good pictures. We saw required Rotala Diamond 20671 on a #286 Timperley circular.


Rotala Diamond 20671 in Altrincham Interchange
Almost immediately we asaw required Arriva NW&W 4165 to Wythenshawe Interchange


Arriva NW&W 4165 in Altrincham Interchange
We weren't quick eneough to get around the interchange to get on the Arriva bus, so we continued taking a few more pictures whilst we decided what to do. We saw required Rotala Diamond 20720 on a #283 Hale Barns circular.


Rotala Diamond 20720 in Altrincham Interchange
In the layover area we saw required Arriva NW&W 3101 which was going to work a #245 to The Trafford Centre.


Arriva NW&W 3101 in Altrincham Interchange
Also on layover was required Rotala Diamond 20799 in between local services.


Rotala Diamond 20799 in Altrincham Interchange
We walked back into the interchange and we deicded to Arriva NW&W 3101 on a #245 to The Trafford Centre. We got on the bus and we booked System One bus only tickets at £5.60 each before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along the A538 and we ran Northwards out of town. We crossed over the A560 and we continued up to the A56 where we turned right. We crosed over the Bridgewater Canal and and we ran into Broadheath. The road turned slightly to the East as we ran through West Timperley and we continued for another couple of miles into Sale. We past the point to which we had traveled back in February 2012 on Arriva NW&W Dart 2242. We continued Northwards under the M60 and into Stretford. We passed Stretford Mall and we turned left onto the A5145 which was clearly the centre of town. We continued Westwards along the B5213 under the M60 and we ran for just over a mile into Urmston. We turned right into the B5214 and we ran North for a short while. We turned left into Moorside Road and into Davyhulme. We passed the Trafford General hospital and close to the Manchester Ship Canal before we turned Northwards onto Woodsend Road. We continued East along Davyhulme Road and we turned left onto Woodhouse Road. We re-joined the Northbound B5214 and back under the M60. We passed the TRafford Golf Centre and then we turned right into the Trafford Centre bus station next to the BP garage. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 3101.


Inside Arriva NW&W 3101
Once off the bus we looked for a toilet as it was quite a long journey. We spotted one at the entrance of the shopping centre. Once Matthew had used the facilities. We saw required Arriva NW&W 3099 which had done a a #247 into Alrinham and got to the the bus station before us. We also saw Stagecoach Manchester 10616 on a X50 to Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 10616 in Trafford Centre bus station
Matthew wanted to do this bus but as it was non-stop into the centre of the City we thought it would be too far to travel on a day that we had already had a late start on. Matthew wasn't too happy with not doing this bus, but a few minutes later we saw First Manchester 69141 on a #2 to Bolton.


First Manchester 69141 in Trafford Centre bus station
We saw that the Bolton bus ran via Eccles and this was only about a 15 miute ride away so we decided to do this bus. We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and we turned right on to the B5214. At the next roundabout we turned left onto the B5211 and we ran North over the river Manchester Ship Canal. We ran Northwards through Barton upon Irwell and we ran alongside the Bridgewater Canal. We turned right onto the A57 and we crossed over the canal. We ran the 1/2 mile into Eccles. We continued forwards onto Church Street and we entered the Interchange. Once we got off the bus we had a look around. Matthew wanted the toilet the tardis toilet was out of order. We decided to head back to The Trafford Centre. There were a few buses back but the stops were a little cofusing. We saw required First Manchester 37368 on a #100 to Warrington which we could have done.


First Manchester 37368 in Eccles Interchange
As we had missed the bus at the stop we decided to walk Westwards to the next stop. At the other end of the interchange we saw required Arriva NW&W 2517 on a #484 to Whitefield via Prestwich.


Arriva NW&W 2517 in Eccles Interchange
We walked to the stop outside the Library and we waited for the next bus to The Trafford Centre. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 66863 on a #2 to The Trafford Centre.


First Manchester 66863 in Eccles
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Church Street and forwards onto Liverpool Road. We turnd left onto the B5211 and we headed into Barton upon Irwell and over the Manchester Ship Canal. We turned right onto the B5214 and we came into the Trafford Centre from the North end. We entered the bus station and we let the bus empty. Matthew took a picture inside First Manchester 66863 before we got off.


Inside First Manchester 66863
Once we got off the bus we need to catch something as soon as possible so that we didn't get caught on the wrong side of the Manchester United football traffic. We saw required Stagecoach Manchester 12253 on a #250 to Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 12253 in Trafford Centre bus station
Matthew went to the toilet and then we came back into the bus station to catch something. We spotted required Stagecoach Manchester 19335 on a #23 to Stockport via Stretford.


Stagecoach Manchester 19335 in Trafford Centre bus station
We decided to do ths bus as far as Stretford where we could catch something else down through Sale back to Altricham. We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off out of the bus station onto the B5214. We went Southwards under the M60 and straight down into the centre of Urmston. We turned left onto the B5213 and we ran Eastwards inti Stretford. We decided to do the bus to the next stop on the other side of the crossroads. After a stop in the centre of Stretford we crossed the crossroads and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took a picture of Stagecoach Manchester 19335 as it continued towards Stockport.


Stagecoach Manchester 19335 in Stretford
We stopped at the newsagent and Matthew brough supplies. We then crossed the road and walked down to the stop on the Southbound A56 opposite the Mall. We didn't have to wait long before a bus came around the corner. It was required Arriva NW&W 3099 on a #18 to Altrincham.


Arriva NW&W 3099 in Stretford
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off Southwards into the traffic and we slowly went South. As we approached the M60 we saw Delta Travel YG58 SXY,& Anderson Travel YN17 OOE. We crossed under the M60 into Sale and as we had only done 5 buses and I needed the toilet we decided to get off the bus. Once off the bus we walked Southwards for a couple of hundred yards until we saw a pub on the opposite side of the road. We crossed over and went into the pub. I brough a couple of drinks and then Dave sat down whilst I took Matthew to the toilet. Afterwards Matthew sat with Dave whilst I used the facilities. We finished our drinks and as we came out we just missed required Arriva NW&W 3092 on a #245 to Altricham. We stood at the stop and eventually saw a bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 3095 on a #18 to Altrincham.


Arriva NW&W 3095 in Sale
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off Southwards down the A56 through Sale and for another 2 miles or so into West Timperley. The roas verred to the South and we continued to the edge of Altricham. We turned left onto the A538. and we ran into the interchange. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 3095.


Inside Arriva NW&W 3095
As we headed back to the car we took a few more bus pictures. We saw required Arriva NW&W 3103 on Layover in between runs on the #19 to Wythenshawe.


Arriva NW&W 3103 in Altrincham Interchange
Afterwards we saw required Arriva NW&W 2749 on a #263 to Manchester


Arriva NW&W 2749 in Altrincham Interchange
Also seen was required Stagecoach Manchester 36421 on a #11 to Stockport.


Stagecoach Manchester 36421 in Altrincham Interchange
As we walked back towards the car Matthew spotted a cake shop. He had a slice of Victoria sponge to take away. We turned right into Regent Road and back to the car. Mum was waiting for us with Greggs sausage rolls and bottle of Fanta. As the jam was seeded, matthew shared the jammy half of the cake with mum. We set off along Regent Road and we turned left onto the A56. We ran down to the A556 and we saw Selwyn's FJ65 XRX. We continued onto the A556 and we joined the M6 at junction 19. As we heeaded down the M6 we saw quite a few coaches. We saw an unidentified Parr's coach, Paul's of Stoke M20 BUS, an unidentified Glen Valley coach, 2 x unidentified Rothwell's coaches, 2 x unidentified Holmeswood Coaches(including a VIP coach), 2 unidentified swans coaches, 2 x Moving People coaches, an unidentified Eavesway coach, an unidentified Pride of the Clyde coach and blue minibus YN06 UFH. We came off the M6 at junction 16 and onto the Southbound A500. As we travelld South we saw silver minibus SB07 YWS and Lucky Seven PK61 FBB. We came off the A50 at Sideway and onto the Eastbound A50. We stopped at Longton Tesco and we filled up with petrol. We continued to Z Carz to see what was parked up there this evening. There was nothing on the spare ground as expected so we turned left into Willow Row. We saw Z Carz Vauxhall minibus DG10 VMO.


Z Carz DG10 VMO in Longton
Also seen was Z Carz Ford minibus FP06 WTW.


Z Carz FP06 WTW in Longton
We re-joined the A50 and we ran Westwards to Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran down the hill into Blurton. In Blurton we saw Alfa 64 by the BP garage. We continued up to Chgurch Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Avenue and back home at 19:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread bicuit. We did an e-mail and we wrote some of the Blog. Matthew went to bed around 00:00.... Mark.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Trip to Bradmore / Newcastle 30-03-2016









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DY08 FFXFentonBradmoreCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXBradmoreFentonCharterShelton Care Group
67632Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, Opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries
41502Trent Vale, Opp Black LionTrentham, Opp Man in Space21First Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to see Grandma later on and going to the pub and returning to Blurton for the weekend. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Outside we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
When it was time to go out we saw it was on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christcurch Street. We turned left onto Coty Road and we ran down the hil into Stoke. We went under the railway line and turned left onto the Southbound A500. We ran down to Sideway and we joined the Eastbound A50. We ran Eastwards for nearly 40 miles and at the big roundabout we went East onto the A453. After passing East Midlands Parkway we turned right onto West Leake Lane. In West Leake we turnmed left and we ran through East Leake. At Costock we turned left onto the Northbound A60 and we ran up to Bradmore and parked up at the garden centre. We saw Ladyline Coaches RIL 1017. Matthew went to the toilet and went to the soft play area. For dinner Matthew had sausage, chips and gravy and a can of Coke. We returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto the Southbound A60 and we turned right at Costock. We ram through East Leake into West Leake and we turned right to head up to the A453. At the main road we went Westbound to the M1 roundabout and we oined the Westbound A50. We ran Westwards for close to 40 miles and we came off the A50 at Longton. We wennt past the old Z Carz spare bround and we turned right onto Baths Road. We went past Longton Transport Interchange and we turned left under the railway line onto King Street. We ran through Foley into Fenton and forwards onto City Road. We turned left at Smithpool Road and we turned left at Temple Street. We got up and got off the bus and went upstairs to his room. I was already waiting for him amd we got ready and went down to the car to go to Blurton. Just before 15:00 we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Station Bridge Road and we continued onto Heron Street. We went through the traffic lights and we crossed over the A50 and we saw First Potteries 67152 on a #23A to Newstead. We continued through Blurton along Blurton Road. We turned right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 15:15. When we got home Matthew had toast and Irn Bru. Today we were catching the 15:56 to Newcastle as we were going to the pub via Grandma's House. We set off around 15:45 on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. Near to the pub we saw The Terrace LDV minibus BF52 MSV.


The Terrace BF52 MSV in Blurton
We walked down onto Magdalen Road and to the bus stop. Whilst we waited for the bus we saw Keith's Travel YC62 VPU going towards Trentham.


Keith's Travel YC62 VPU in Blurton
Whilst at the bus stop we saw First Potteries 67661 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67661 in Blurton
A few minutes later the bus appeared around the corner and it was First Potteries 67632 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67632 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we saw blue minibus BX54 YFF on Crowcrofts Road. We went over the railway line into Trentham and we saw Destination Courtesy Travel DS15 ABX. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we were passed by First Potteries 41496 on a #21A to the Hanley. We continued up the road and we were passed by First Potteries 43875 on a #21 to Trentham Gardens. We ran up the hill into Hanford. Due to roadworks in Hanford instead of turning left into Wilson Road we ran down Mayne Street down to the A34. We crossed under the A500 and we saw First Potteries 67653 on the final #22 turn. We turned right into Harpfields Road and forwards on Hilton RoadAs we travelled through the hospital we saw A1 Embassy MA59 KME & E-zec patient transport YN15 FEO. We turned right onto the A34 and saw First Potteries 67639 on a #25 to Hanley. A couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another pictue of First Potteries 67632 before it carried on to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67632 in Newcaslte
Once off the bus we crossed over the road we headed up the hill to Grandma's House. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. Grandad returned home from watching football and he then gave us a lift to the pub. Around 18:00 we set off onto Victoria Street and we saw white minibus YK08 PVA. We turned left onto the A34. As we past the hospital we saw First Potteries 67602 on a #25 to Keele. We continued into Trent Vale and Grandad dropped us of at the pub. As we said goodbye to grandad we saw Secure Cars LK16 MFV.


Secure Cars LK16 MFV in Trent Vale
We met up with uncle Dave and we went into the pub. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included D&G 119 runing out of service. We also saw First Potteries 65728 on a #101 to Hanley. When we had finished eating we went outside to catch a bus back. As we went around the corner to the bus stop we saw Shearing 723 going Southwards. We srtood at the bus stop and we only had to wait a couple of minutes and we saw a Dart approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was First Potteries 41502 on a #21 to Trentham.


First Potteries 41502 in Trent Vale
We got on the bus and we booked to Trentham before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off onto the A34 and we crossed under the A500 into Hanford. We turned left onto Curch Lane and we saw white minibus BU07 KGV in the yard at the bottom of the hill. We turned right onto Wilson Road and at the end we turned left onto New Inn Lane. We entered Trentham amd we ran down the hill to the Man in Space where the bus terminated. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 41502 before it ran back empty to the depot.


First Potteries 41502 in Trentham
As that was the last bus we had to walk all the way back to Blurton. We set off on foot along New Inn Lane and we turned left onto the A5035. We saw the old Nat West bank which has closed and is now up for sale. At the bus stop outside the Trentham Hotel Matthew bumped into one of his carers from his residential unit who was waiting for a bus. We informed her that it was a Saturday service and that there wasn't another one! We walked with then as far as the other care home and we crossed over the raileay line into Blurton. We walked past the pub and Stanley Matthew Way. We eventually got home around 19:45. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we composed a few e-mails and sorted a few things out. We then chilled out on the sofa doing e-mails and writing the until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Trip to Abbey Hulton / Birches Head 29-03-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonAbbey HultonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXAbbey HultonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBirches HeadCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXBirches HeadFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst we waited for time to go out Matthew watched buses from his window we saw First Potteries 43876 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and we saw Intercity WF07 FFG on Gimson Street.


Intercity WF07 FFG in Fenton
Albert Square where we saw blue minibus DE02 WKT parked up outside the old Court building. We continued to the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had ham sandwich followed by a Bakewell tart. In the afternoon Matthew went trampolining in Abbey Hulton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiner Square. At the roundabout we went straight across onto Lichfield Street. We turned left onto Regent Road and left again onto The Parkway. We ran down Mawson Grove and left onto A52. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A52. We ran North to Bucknall and we went straight on at the lights onto the A5009. We ran under the old railway line to Leek and into Abbey Hulton. We turned right onto Abbots Road and we ran up to the sports centre. Outside the sports centre we saw blue minibus YX60 RHU.


YX60 RHU in Abbey Hulton
Matthew had a session on the trampoline and then he went to the toilet before having a drink of Coke. When it was time to return to Fenton we got aboard When it was time to go back we climbed back aboard Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the return journey. We set off onto Abbots Road and left onto Leek Road. We turned left onto the A52 and we ran to limekiln lights and we went across onto Bucknall New Road. We climbed the hill up to Hanley and we joined the clockwise ring road. we turned left onto Lichfield Street. We turned right onto Regent Road and we stopped for a short while. and we turned left onto the Parkway. We continued onto Ridgeway Road and then we turned left onto Boughey Road. We joined the A52 and we ran close to the railway station and towards Stoke. We turned left onto City Road and right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew took another picture of Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX before he returned to the residential unit.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room and use the computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw Copeland's Tours MIB 614 going towards Longton.


Copeland's Tours MIB 614 in Fenton
Afterwards we saw D&G Bus 116 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 116 in Fenton
Outside we saw Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU dropping off another service user.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Fenton
For tea Matthew chips and beans followed by a slice of iced coconut cake. Matthew went on his computer for a while and then he went out to the disco in Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We went straight on onto manor Street and at the end we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A52 and we ran North to Bucknall. We went straight cross onto the A5009 and we ran up through Abbey Hulton. We turned left onto Birches Head Road and we stopped at the disco. On the way in we saw Strathmore EU16 EKY parked up.


Strathmore EU16 EKY in Birches Head
Also seen at the disco was Mencap EK03 GXH.


Mencap EK03 GXH in Birches Head
Afterwards we saw City Cabs YX61 VVO parked up outside the disco.


City Cabs YX61 VVO in Birches Head
Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. It was a birthday party. Matthew danced until it was time to go home. The transport back to Fenton was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Birches Head Road and we turned right onto the A5009. We ran through Abbey Hulton and into Bucknall. We ran forwards onto the A52 and at joiners Square we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran up the hill and we turned right into Manor Street. We turned right onto City Road and then left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went back to the room and went on his computer. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Trip to Chester Zoo / Lightwood 28-03-2018
















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MIB 797FentonChester ZooCharterCopeland's Tours
MIB 797Chester ZooFentonCharterCopeland's Tours
SJ04 EVNFentonLightwoodCharterIntercity
SJ04 EVNLightwoodFentonCharterIntercity


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going out to a disco later. Matthew got up and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst we waited for time to go out Matthew watched buses from his window we saw First Potteries 67634 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street where we saw Britannia Travel AJ66 LVG.


Britannia Travel AJ66 LVG in Fenton
We continued along Christchurch Street and into the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We continued to the day centre. Matthew walked to Aldi to do his weekly shopping. The walked along Christchurch Street and across City Road and onto Manor Street where we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 516 going towards Hanley.


Copeland's Tours MIB 516 in Fenton
We continued along Manor Street and at the end we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 797 also Hanley bound.


Copeland's Tours MIB 797 in Fenton
At the end we turned left onto Victoria Road. We did the weekly shop and then we returned to Fenton to drop the shopping of. We walked up Victoria Road and right into Manor Street. Once Matthew had dropped of his shopping we went to Chester Zoo and we saw it was Copeland's Tours MIB 797. We got on the coach and we sat down. We set off into Victoria Road and we went across joiners Square roundabout into Hanley. We went around the ring road and North up Waterloo Road into Cobridge. We continued into Burslem and we continued along Scotia Road into Tunstall. We went past the police station and we joined the top end of the High Street. The route was along the Tunstall by-pass, North along the A500 up to Nantwich. On the way From there they went to the A51 and then Westbound to Chester. At the Zoo Matthew went to the toilet and had some dinner. For dinner Matthew had egg sandwiches and a glass of Coke. Matthew then spent the afternoon looking around the Zoo looking at the animals. Matthew returned tyo Fenton on Copeland's Tours MIB 797. We got on the coach and sat down. We set off onto the A41 and we ran Southwards to the edge of Chester. We joined the Eastbound A51 and we crossed over the A55. We continued along the the A51. We then got onto the A500 at Nantwich and headed South onto City Road and we saw First Potteries 65034 on a #25 to Keele. We continued up City Road under the railway line up to Smithpool Road and we turned right. We turned left onto Temple Street and we got off the coach before we went back to the residential unit. For tea Matthew went out to the New Florence on Lucky Seven minibus PK09 JFX. We set off onto Christchurch street and we turned left onto Baker Street and left onto Glebedale Road. We ran up City Road and onto King Street before passing under the railway line into Longton. We ran along Market Street and we turned right onto Commerce Street before crossing over the A50 and onto Lightwood Road. We ran out of town and we crossed the roundabout before turning right into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had an all-day breakfast and a glass of Coke. For afters Matthew had cake. When it was time to go back to the residential unit we returned in Lucky Seven minibus PK09 JFX. We set off along Lightwood Road and we ran into Longton before going along the high level A50. We got onto the main carriage way for a short while and we came off onto the A50 link road. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down to Smithpool Road. We turned left onto temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Trip to Apedale / Newcastle 27-03-2018






























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BN61 RWKFentonApedale
CharterZ Carz
BN61 RWKApedaleFenton


CharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. It was also the day Jack Whalley commented "this is so sad, taking pictures of buses in runcorn and widnes, end your life" on Matthew's Blog. We were also going out for tea as Matthew today. Around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go out we saw First Potteries 63177 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and onto Albert Square where we saw blue minibus DE02 WKT parked up outside the old Court building. the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went out on Z Carz BN61 RWK. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed over the roundabout onto Lichfield Street. We joined the clockwise ring road and we ran around to Broad Street and down the hill into Shelton. At Snow Hill we turned right onto Shelton New Road and we ran Westwards over the A500. We turned right onto Ford Street and we worked our way over to Gladstone Street. We crossed over the A53 onto the B5369 and we ran North through Dimsdale and we crossed the A34 onto Wolstanton Road. At the roundabout we travelled forwards onto Loomer Road and we followed the road around to Apedale. Once off the bus Matthew went to the café and had a can of Coke. He also went to the toilet. When we had finished we returned to Fenton on Z Carz BN61 RWK. We set off along Loomer Road and we crossed over the roundabout onto Wolstanton Road. We crossed over the A34 onto the B5369 and we ran through Dimsdale to the A53. We turned right and then left onto Victoria Street. At the light we turned left onto Shelton New road and we ran up towards Shelton. We turned right onto Cemetery Road and then right onto Stoke Road. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran past the railway station and forwards onto the AS2. At the roundabout we turned left onto City Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned right into Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had baked potato with tuna and cheese. In the afternoon Matthew went swimmimg. We set off on past the Co-operative Food store onto City Road and we walked down to the private road on which the swimming baths is situated. On the way down the road we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 970.


Copeland's Tours MIB 970 in Fenton
After we had seen the coach we saw blue minibus BK67 YGC. Matthew went swimming and after we had finished we came out and we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 394.


Copeland's Tours MIB 394 in Fenton
We set off on foot along the private road on which the baths are situated and we turmed left onto City Road. We crossed over the railway line and then we crossed over the road. We saw Harry Shaw YN15 ELW going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 ELW in Fenton
We cut through off City Road onto Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 63177 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63177 in Fenton
A short time later we saw Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC going towards Heron Cross.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton
Afterwards we saw Grocott Centre AY14 FBJ going towards Longton.


Grocott Centre AY14 FBJ in Fenton
Matthew went to Grandma's. We set off ontp Temple Street and we turned left onto Chrsitchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down to the A52. We went under the railway line and over the A500 into Stoke. We went around the one-way system and up Hartshill Road and into Harshill. We turned left onto the Avenue and we ran to the end where we turned right onto the A34. We turned off the A34 and we stopped at Grandma's house. Matthew went on the computer and had a can of Irn Bru. For tea Matthew had shepherds pie followed by treacle tart and custard. Staff came to pick Matthew up in the car and Matthew said goodbye to Grandma and we set off onto Occupation Street. We turned onto the A34 and we ran past Newcastle. Near to the KFC we turned left onto Robertson Avenue. We crossed forwards onto Douglas Road and forwards to the disco. We spent some time at the disco. Matthew went to the toilet and a glass of coke. After doing some dancing we returned to Fenton. We ran back to the A34 and we went South into Newcastle. We turned left onto the A527 and we ran up to the Jubilee Roundabout. We ran around the one-way system onto George Street and we ran into Hartshill. We ran down Hartshill Road into Stoke and we went around the one-way system onto Church Street. We crossed over the A500 and onto City Road before going under the railway line. We climbed the hill and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark