Saturday, 29 September 2018

Trip to Leicester / Oadby 29-09-2018









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4546Leicester Haymarket BSOadby, Alexandra Court31Arriva Midlands
4535Oadby, Chapel StreetLeicester Haymarket BS31Arriva Midlands
35189Leicester Haymarket BSGlenfield Hospital (Main Entrance)14AFirst Leicester
35152Glenfield Hospital (Main Entrance)Beaumont Centre (Stand A)14AFirst Leicester
63349Beaumont Centre (Stand E)Anstey, Indian Restaurant74First Leicester
66967Anstey, Latimer StreetBeaumont Centre (Stand C)74First Leicester
66975Beaumont Centre (Stand B)Leicester Haymarket BS25First Leicester


Today we decided to re-visit Leicester. We had checked the weather for today and it was for cool sunny weather. We gave Matthew a list of destination from the Midlands and North West and from the list Matthew chose Leicester. Research for the trip consisted of looking at the Blog from our last visit to see what the name of the Leicester area multi-operator ticket is. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:45 onto the A5035 and we ran through Dresden to the edge of Longton. We turned left onto the high level A50 and we ran up to the next roundabout and we turned right onto baths Road. We ran to the roundabout and we turned right into Tesco and we stopped at the petrol station. Once we had filled up we left the petrol station onto baths Road and we turned left onto the high level A50. At the next roundabout we joined the Eastbound A50 and we ran through Meir and under the tunnel. We ran past the Copeland's Tours depot and we saw the new Plaxton Cheetah mini coach MIB 905. We continued as far as the Blythe bridge roundabout an as the A50 was shut up to Uttoxeter for bridge demolition we ran forwards onto the A522. As we joined the A522 we saw Bowens BU18 YSB approaching the roundabout. We continued throught Tean and as we travelled Eastwards we passed Miles ? white minibus DX05 ???. We stopped for dinner at The Dog and Partridge. Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. For dinner he had a burger and fries. As we ate dinner we saw blue minibus W31 PPS, Masthouse EK15 KVA, silver minibus BG04 HKC & Alba Travel YT16 JKZ. Once we had finished eating we continued Eastwards onto along the A522. We passed through Fole and past the JCB factory and we went over the he new road bridge. As we headed towards Uttoxeter alongside the A50 we saw the old bridge being demolished. We ran the last 1/2 mile to Uttoxeter and at the Three Tuns pub we turned left onto the B5030. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A50 and we continued Eastwards. As we travelled towards the M1 we saw JJRC MX05 NFA and unidentified white coach. We got onto the Southbound M1 on a brand new slip road down the M1 since my last run Eastwards. We ran down to Junction 22 and we joined the Eastbound A50. We ran into town along the A50 for around 7 miles passing Roberts X211 HBT and Silverdale FJ61 EWR. We turned left onto Blackbird Way. We followed the road around onto St Margarets Way passing Catteralls of Southam BX15 MOA and we turned left onto Burleys Way. We turned right onto Abbey Street and left onto Belgrave Gate. We did a u-turn and we ran up towards the bus station and into the car park. We parked up and we walked through the shopping centre to the bus station. Matthew went to the toilet and then we said goodbye to mum. We walked though the bus station and out the other end. We decided to take a few pictures before we caught the first bus. We saw required Stagecoach Midlands 26223 on a #48 to Coventry.


Stagecoach Midlands 26223 in Leicester bus station
Also seen was required First Leicester 66315 on a #38A to Thurnby Lodge.


First Leicester 66315 in Leicester bus station
Another bus seen was required First Leicester 66805 on a #12 to Park Rise.


First Leicester 66805 in Leicester bus station
A few minutes later we saw required Arriva Midlands 5004 on a U3 service to the Halls of Residence.


Arriva Midlands 5004 in Leicester bus station
Another bus seen was required First Leicester 32644 on a #14 to Ryder Road.


First Leicester 32644 in Leicester bus station
We walked into the bus station to see what we could catch. We decided to do required Arriva Midlands 4546 on a #31 to Oadby.


Arriva Midlands 4546 in Leicester bus station
Whilst we waited to get on the bus Matthew took a picture of Arriva Midlands 4423 on a #48 to South Wigston.


Arriva Midlands 4423 in Leicester bus station
We got on the bus and we booked Flexi Day Tickets at £5.20 each before going upstairs and sitting down. The bus set off out of the bus station and we turned sharp right onto Charles Street and we headed South Eastwards. We joined the Southbound A594 and we went past the railway station on the the A6. We travelled out of town for a further 2 1/2 miles. We turned right onto The Parade and into Oadby town centre. We continued through the town along the B582 and forwards onto London Road. We we reached the A6 we turned sharp left and went back Northwards. We turned right onto Uplands Road and left into Launde Road. We turned right onto Copse Close and forwards onto Severn Road. We ran forwards onto Ullswater Drive and left onto Hunters Way. We turned left onto Beaufort Way and right onto Florence Wragg Way. We turned right onto the A6 and we ran North for around 1/3 mile. We veered left onto London Road passing Arriva Midlands 4535 on the following #31 service. We continued along London Road we headed back into Oadby town centre. As we approached the town centre we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva Midlands 4546 as it headed back towards Leicester Haymarket bus station.


Arriva Midlands 4546 in Oadby
As we had come into town from the South Matthew had spotted a convenience store. We set off Southwards down the B582 and we continued along London Road. The convenience store was just a few yards from the previous bus stop. We picked up a can of Coke and a few chocolate bars and we paid for them before continuing to the bus stop. Whilst we waited for the next bus Matthew had the bounty which we had just purchased. He gave uncle Dave half of one of the bars and and he gave me the tiniest shaving of chocolate off the end of the bar. Whilst we waited we saw a unidentified Centrebus Solo SR turn in the distance on a #40 service. A Southbound #31 passed us just moments before we saw our bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 4535 on a a #31 to Leicester Haymarket bus station as expected.


Arriva Midlands 4535 in Oadby
We got on the bus and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver before going upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty, so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 4535 before we sat down.


Inside Arriva Midlands 4535
The bus set off up London Road and forwards onto the the B582. We ran into Oadby town centre and we paused for a short while before continuing North to the A6. We ran through the leafy suburbs of Leicester and we ran past the railway station. We ran forwards onto Charles street and into Haymarket Bus Station. Once off the bus we had a wander don to the Northern corner of the bus station. Matthew saw Stagecoach Midlands 28621 on a X7 service to Milton Keynes which he rather fancied doing.


Stagecoach Midlands 28621 in Leicester bus station
We didn't know where the bus stopped, and as it was an X service we thought that it was perhaps not a good idea to do. We walked back up to the other end of the bus station and Matthew used the toilet. After Matthew had finished we need to catch another bus quickly, as the jaunt to Oadby and back had taken over an hour and a half. We saw dud First Leicester 66851 on a #74 to Anstey which we let go.


First Leicester 66851 in Leicester bus station
We walked further down the bus station and we saw required First Leicester 35189 on a 14A to the Beaumont Centre.


First Leicester 35189 in Leicester bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver before going upstairs and sitting down. We set off out of the bus station onto Belgrave Gate and onto Abbey Street. We turned left onto the A594 and we went past the St Margarets bus station. We turned right onto the A50 and we passed First Leicester 32646 coming the other way. We crossed over the Grand Union Canal and the river Soar. Near to Aldi we turned right onto Fosse Road North and forwards onto Henley Road. We turned right onto Petworth Drive and forwards onto Aikman Avenue. After a mile run through a housing estate we turned right onto the A563 outer ring road. After we crossed the A50 we entered Glenfield Hospital where we decided to get up and get off the bus. The plan was to perhaps go back to Leicester as quick as possible to catch something else in a different direction, but the next bus due was in 10 minutes towards The Beaumont Centre. Matthew ate a Milky Way whilst we waited. The bus turned up and it was dud First Leicester 35152 on a #14A to the Beaumont Centre.


First Leicester 35152 in Glenfield Hospital
We got on the bus and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver before going upstairs. The top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside First Leicester 35152 before we sat down.


Inside First Leicester 35152
We set off out of the hospital before continuing North up the A563. We turned left onto Anstey lane and right onto Binnion Road. We ran past the Beaumont Centre before doing a u-turn at the next roundabout and pulling up outside the main pedestrian entrance on the shopping centre and bus stops. Once off the bus Matthew took another picture of First Leicester 35152 before it returned to Leicester on the the #14A to the Haymarket bus station.


First Leicester 35152 in Beaumont Centre
On the adjacent road we saw required First Leicester 66349 on a #74 to Anstey.


First Leicester 66349 in Beaumont Centre
Matthew decided he wanted to do this bus so we got on and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We ran Northwards up Rutherford Road and we turn left onto the roundabout. We ran back South past The Beaumont Centre and at the roundabout we turned right onto Anstey Lane. We crossed over the A46 and up the hill into Anstey. We turned right in the centre of Anstey and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Leicester 63349 as it continued to the end of the run.


First Leicester 66349 in Anstey
Once off the bus we followed a sign and walked up an alley into a car park where there was a toilet block. The toilets were closed. We continued back down to the roundabout and we walked towards the Leicester bound bus stop. Matthew decided we were going to stop at the pub on the corner. He used the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Once we had finished we rejoined uncle Dave outside and continued to the bus stop. Whilst we waited for the next bus towards Leicester we saw minibus KX08 OKV pass by.


KX08 OKV in Anstey
A few more minutes past by and we saw a bus come around the corner. As it got closer we saw that it was requited First Leicester 66967 on a #74 to Leicester Haymarket bus station.


First Leicester 66967 in Anstey
We got on the bus and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down Leicester Road and we ran over the A46. We continued onto Anstey Lane and at the roundabout we turned left onto Bennion Road. We passed the Beaumont Centre and at the next roundabout we did a u-turn and headed back to the bus stops outside the Beaumont Centre. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of First Leicester 66967 before it continued back towards Leicester.


First Leicester 66967 in Beaumont Centre
We decided to do one more journey back to the town centre. We had a look to see when the next bus was due. As we were checking the bus stops we saw a single decker approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Leicester 66975.


First Leicester 66975 in Beaumont Centre
We got on the bus and we flashed the Flexi Day Tickets to the driver for the final time today before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down Bennion Road and we veered left onto Orwell Drive. We crossed over the ring road onto Straabourg Drive and we continued forwards onto Heacham Drive. We travelled for around 1/2 mile before turning right onto Burnham Drive. We turned left onto Somerset Avenue and we ran straight onto Parker Drive. We ran forwards onto Blackbird Road and we crossed over the A6. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A607 and we ran under Burleys Flyerover. We continued onto Belgrave Gate and we veered left onto Charles Street. We ran past the bus station and we joined the bus station from the Southern end. We got up and got off the bus and we walked around the bus station and took a few pictures. We saw Arriva Midlands 3315 on a X55 to Hinckley.


Arriva Midlands 3315 in Leicester bus station
Also seen was Stagecoach Midlands 26214 on a #48 to Coventry.


Stagecoach Midlands 26214 in Leicester bus station
Around the other side of the bus station we saw First Leicester 35192 on a #54 to The Beaumont Centre.


First Leicester 35192 in Leicester bus station
Also seen was Arriva Midlands 4753 on a #47 to South Wigston.


Arriva Midlands 4753 in Leicester bus station
We met up with mum and Matthew used the toilet before we returned through the shopping centre back to the car. At the car mum had brought a Greggs sausage roll and a can of Irn Bru for Matthew. Once back at the car we set off out off the car park. We turned left onto Abbey Street past the end of the other bus station. We turned left onto Burleys Way and right onto the A50. We ran through Frog Island and we took a wrong turning onto Fosse Lane North. We ran forwards onto Henley Lane and we turned right onto the A47. We ran Westwards to the ring road and we went onto the Northbound A563. We ran Northwards up the A50 and we turned left onto the North-West bound carriageway. We ran for around 5 miles up to the Motorway and we joined the Northbound M1. We came off the motorway at junction 23A and we joined the Westbound A50 again. As we travelled Westwards we passed 50 were grey minibus YY08 FJC, Midland Classic 52, an unidentified Terry Bushel Travel coach. We came off the A50 ant Uttoxeter and we turned right B5030 and left onto Ashbourne Road. We joined the Westbound A522 and we travelled through Tean and Draycott passing Ausden Clark BIG 3359. We rejoined the A50 and we passed Copeland's Tours MIB 293 / MIB 520 / MIB 978. We ran through Meir and Normacot and we came off the A50 at Longton. We ran up to Z Carz to see what was parked up there this evening. There was nothing on the spare ground so we turned left onto Willow Row to see what was parked up in the compound. We saw Z Carz Mercedes minibus CE02 LYX.


Z Carz CE02 LYX in Longton
Also seen outside the depot was Z Carz Vauxhall minibus DG10 VMO.


Z Carz DG10 VMO in Longton
We went West along the A50 to Heron Cross and we turned left onto Blurton Road. We continued up to Church Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. we got back home at 19:30. When we got back for a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit. We did an e-mail and we wrote some of the Blog. Matthew went to bed around 00:00.... Mark.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Trip to Fenton / Newcatle 28-09-2018









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63100Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, Opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries
67650Trent Vale, opp Black LionTrentham, Opp Trentham Hotel PH21AFirst Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit 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 a long weekend. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst he was waiting to out we saw First Potteries 67153 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we went downstairs and out of the unit. We set off outside and we saw Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU outside the residential unit.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Fenton
We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and we saw Britannia Travel S100 KKE going towards Hanley.


Britannia Travel S100 KKE in Fenton
We continued along Christchurch Street and to the day centre where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked up outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew did some baking and made cupcakes. For dinner Matthew had sausage chips and gravy followed by a cupcake. In the afternoon Matthew went to a coffee morning and ate cakes and won a box of biscuits in the raffle. When it was time to return to the residential unit we set of on foot onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Temple Street and we went into the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to his room and I was already waiting for him. We transferred his pictures back onto his camera and we got ready to go to Blurton. We went downstairs and we got into the car. We drove onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and right onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and into Heron Cross where we saw E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHV heading towards Longton. We went through the traffic lights and forwards onto Blurton Road. We continued through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 15:10. When we got home Matthew had toast and a glass of orange 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. Whilst we waited for our bus we saw First Potteries 67637 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67637 in Blurton
A few minutes later we saw a bus come around the corner. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 63100 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63100 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle and sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we went over the railway line into Trentham. As we turned right into New Inn Lane we saw First Potteries 41500 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel. We ran up the hill into Hanford and we turned right into Wilson Road. We ran down Church Lane We continued down onto the A34 where we saw Gardiners BX14 KRN going Northwards. We crossed under the A500 and we ran into Trent Vale where we saw ABC Supreme FJ18 DNX. We turned right into Harpfields Road and saw First Potteries 41500 on the final #22 turn. We continued forwards on Hilton Road and we turned into the hospital. We ran through and we saw First Potteries 32633 on a #25 to Hanley and ABC Supreme ST56 MUE. We turned right onto the A34. A couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 63100 as it continued towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 63100 in Newcaslte
We crossed over the A34 and we walked up the hill to Grandma's house. Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. As mum was at work, grandad gave us a lift to the pub in his new car. We set off just after 17:40 and we ran down Victoria Street. We turned left onto the A34 and we saw First Potteries 63098 on a #101 to Hanley. and we ran southwards into Trent Vale. We carried on down the A34 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 Robin Hood YJ10 JZF going Northwards and First Potteries 65036 on a #101 to Hanley. Once we had finished eating we went out to catch a bus towards home. We had missed the last #22 to Blurton by 15 minutes and since the timetable change the last bus of Newcastle is 18:09! We decided to catch a bus as far as Trentham and walk the rest of the way. We crossed over London Road and we waited at the stop opposite the pub. A few minutes later the bus appeared and as it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 67650 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel.


First Potteries 67650 in Trent Vale
We got on the bus and we booked to the Trentham Hotel before we sat down to wards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A34 and we went under the A500 into Hanford. We turned left onto Church Lane and we ran up to the top of the hill. We turned right into Wilson Road and at the end we turned left onto New Inn Lane. We ran down the hill past the Man in Space and forwards onto the A5035. We headed left and we stopped out side the Trentham Hotel where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 67650 before it returned to Hanley on the last #21A of the evening.


First Potteries 67650 in Trentham
Once we let the bus go we headed along the A5035 towards Blurton. We crossed over the railway line into Blurton and we continued past the Hem Heath pub. We crossed over the A5035 to have a better look at the Party Bus we had seen earlier and we saw that it was Party Bus L102 GBO.


Party Bus L102 GBO in Blurton
We crossed over the road and we continued walking past the Newstead Industrial estate. We turned into the estate and we got home around 19:30. Back at Blurton we wrote e-mails and worked on the Blog. Matthew had a glass of Irn Bru as well as a bag of Frazzles. We then chilled out watching music videos on the television and Matthew went to bed around 00:30... Mark

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Trip to Stoke / Hanley 27-09-2018
















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67156Fenton, adj Travers CourtStoke, adj stop Q23First Potteries
BP08 KJNFenton MacDonaldsHanleyCharterIntercity
BP08 KJNHanleyFentonCharterIntercity


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw First Potteries 67602 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


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 to Stoke on the bus. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto City Road. As we walked down the road we saw Afford Rent-A-Car MK67 UEM parked up in their garage.


Afford Rent-A-Car MK67 UEM in Fenton
We carried on down the road and we waited for a First Potteries bus to Stoke. Whilst we waited we saw D&G Bus 119 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 119 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 43876 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 43876 in Fenton
Also seen was Copeland's Tours MIB 986 going towards the swimming baths.


Copeland's Tours MIB 986 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw a bus turn the corner. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 67156 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67156 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down City Road and we ran down the hill over the old railway line to Leek and onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and over the A500 and straight into Stoke town centre along Church Street. We got off the bus and Matthew went to the toilet on the car park on the end of Welch Street. Once Matthew had used the facilities we turned right onto onto Lowe Street and left onto Boothern Road. We turned right onto Church Street and we crossed over the A500. We went under the railway line and we walked up City Road and up into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road and left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room and chilled out. He watched television and used his computer. For tea Matthew had sausages and chips followed by a butterfly cake. Matthew went to MacDonalds on foot. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we crossed over City Road onto Manor Street. At the end if Manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road and we walked down the hill to MacDonalds. Matthew went to the toilet and had Ice Cream Cone with Flake and a cup of Coke. After we had finished we were picked up by Intercity BP08 KJN. We set off onto Victoria Road and over the roundabout and onto Lichfield Street Hanley. We went around the ring road Clockwise as far as Etruria Road and then we turned left and went under the A53 into festival park. We went to the end of Festival Way and then turned around. We went back under the A53 and back onto Etruria Road before arriving at the destination. When we got there Matthew went to the toilet. After spending some time in the soft play area they got back on Intercity BP08 KJN for the return journey. We set off onto Etruria Road and and at the roundabout we turned left onto the Westbound A53. We ran upn to Etruria and we turned left onto the A500 and we ran Southwards up to Stoke. We came off the A500 onto City Road and we went under the railway line and up into Fenton. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew we up to his room to chill out. 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

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Trip to Chelmsford / Meir Park 26-09-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonChelmsfordCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXChelmsfordFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going to Chelmsford. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go out we saw First Potteries 67155 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street where we saw D&G Bus 40 on a #40 to Longton.


D&G 40 in Fenton
We continued to the day centre and we got ready to go out. Transport for the trip was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We got on the bus and we set off onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Masterson Street and we ran to the end. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and at the end we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill into Stoke and we went under the railway line. We crossed over the A500 and we ran around the one-way system. We turned left onto London Road and we parked up at Sainsbury's. Across the road we saw City Cabs FT61 UEP at the depot. London Road. In the West We continued through Oak Hill and into London Road. We ran down to Trent vale and we joined the Southbound A34. Southbound A500 and we ran down to the motorway. We got onto the Southbound M6 and we ran Southwards through the West Midlands and to the Southern end of the M6.We joined the Southbound M1 and we ran through Northamptonshire to junction #6A. We joined the Eastbound M25. We ran clockwise around North London and we came off the M25 at junction 28. We continued Eastwards along the A12 and into Chelmsford. We ran the last mile or so into town along the Eastbound A414 and we parked up near to Waterson Vale. Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke. For dinner Matthew had a burger and fries. For dessert Matthew had a chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished eating we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off out of Chelmsford along the A414 and we joined the Westbound A12. We joined the M25 at junction 28 and we ran anti-clockwise around to the M1. We ran northwards up the M1 through Northamptonshire and at junction Junction 19 we took the Westbound M6. We continued Northwards through the West Midlands and up through Staffordshire. We ran North to junction 15 where we cam off onto the A500. and we turned left onto the A34. We ran through Trent Vale and we turned right onto The Avenue. We turned right onto A52 and we ran through hartshill. When we got to Stoke we turned left Shelton Old Road. We crossed over the A500 and we ran forwards onto Stoke Road. We went under the railway line and to the top of the hill. Near to Snow Hill we turned right onto Norfolk Street. We turned left Croston Street and right onto Wellesley Street. We turned left onto College Road and we ran forwards onto Cleveland Road. We continued onto Regent Road and we had a brief stop. As we crossed Lichfield Street we saw Stanton's of Stoke FJ13 CUU in the car park. We continued onto Derby Street and we turned right onto Botteslow Street. We turned left A52 and we followed the road to right at Limekiln lights. We turned right onto the A5272 and we ran through Bentilee to Adderley Green. At the roundabout we turned right onto Anchor Road. We ran up and over the hill and down into Longton. We ran around the one-way system onto market Street and we turned right onto Commerce Street. We turned right at the roundabout onto The Strand and we ran down under the railway line onto King Street. We Continued through Foley into Fenton and forwards onto City Road. We ran down to Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and watch buses out of the window. We saw Z Carz minibus YJ62 LSX going towards Heron Cross.


Z Carz YJ62 LSX in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Intercity GM17 OJB going towards Hanley.


Intercity GM17 OJB in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 67635 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67635 in Fenton
Later on we went out to Meir for tea. We went downstairs and out of the residential unit. We got in the car and set off onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and right onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street. We went through the traffic lights and we turned left onto the A50. We ran through Longton and into Meir. We went passed the Copeland's Tours depot and we saw MIB 236 parked up. We turned right onto Lysander Road and we parked up at The Weather Vane. Matthew went to the toilet and then we found our table. We ordered the food and Matthew had a glass of Coke whilst we waited. Matthew had a burger and fries as well as help mum with her meal. He had a chicken fillet and an egg as well as some steak. For dessert Matthew had a chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished eating we went back to the car and returned to Fenton. We set off onto Lysander Road and we saw First Potteries 63179 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge. We joined the Westbound A50 and we ran fast to Longton. We came off onto the high level A50 and we turned right onto Baths Road. We saw First Potteries 41499 on a #6 to Hanley. We ran down King Street we saw First Potteries 63101 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge. We continued down onto City Road and we turned left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple street and we we returned to the residential unit. We set off onto City Road and we crossed over and onto Manor Street. At the end of manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road and we went down the hill to Aldi. Matthew brought his shopping and then we got a lucky Seven taxi back to the residential unit. We set off onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill. We turned right onto Manor Street and right onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and left again onto Temple Street. Back at the residential unit we went upstairs and back to the room. Matthew watched television and used his computer. Later on Matthew had a bath and then toast and orange juice for supper.He chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Trip to Hanley / Newcastle 25-09-2018
















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65027Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley BS6First Potteries
63179Hanley BSFenton, Victoria Place6AFirst Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going out on the bus later on. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. Across the road we saw First Potteries 63178 on a #11 to Hanley. we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and onto Christchurch Street where we saw E-zec patient transport YJ16 GEU parked up.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GEU in Fenton
We carried on walking to the day centre In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had a jacket potato with tuna followed by a Bakewell tart. In the afternoon Matthew went to Hanley on the bus. We set off on foot onto City Road. We crossed over City Road and we walked up to Victoria Place to wait for a bus to Hanley. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 65027 on a #6 to Hanley.


First Potteries 65027 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once off the bus we set off up Lichfield Street. Tontine Street and through Tontine Square and we stopped at Harleys. Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. Once we had finished we walked through Tontine Square to the Intu Potteries shopping centre. We went into the shopping centre and we into the shopping centre and up the escalator. After visiting a shop we came out of the shopping centre and we walked down over Tontine Square onto Stafford Street. We stopped at Forbidden Planet. After wards we carried on along Stafford Street and we saw First Potteries 65733 on a #3 to Crewe.


First Potteries 65733 in Hanley
Also seen was First Potteries 65002 on a #18 to Leek.


First Potteries 65002 in Hanley
A few minutes later we saw Scraggs 9685 VT on a #5 to Abbey Hulton.


Scraggs 9685 VT in Hanley
We contin ued along Stafford Street and we went forwards onto Lichfield Street. We waited at the stops outside the bus station to wait for a bus back to Fenton. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63179 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge.


First Potteries 63179 in Hanley
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. One off the bus we set off on foot onto City Road and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. For tea Matthew had Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce followed by treacle tart and custard. Later on Matthew went out to Newcastle in a car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill towards Stoke. We ran over the A500 and we went around the one-way system. We ran up Hartshill Road and we continued down George Street into Newcastle. We ran along the A527 and we went North up the A34. 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. 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.