Friday, 16 November 2018

Trip to Newcasle / Kidsgrove 16-11-2016
















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67662Fenton, adj Travers CourtNewcastle BS11First Potteries
65001Newcastle BSFenton, Christchurch Street11First Potteries
HV18 FHHFentonKidsgroveCharterABC Supreme
HV18 FHHKidsgroveFentonCharterABC Supreme


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw First Potteries 65001 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 65001 in Fenton
we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and onto Christchurch Street. At the day centre in the morning Christchurch Street and we turned left onto City Road. We walked down to the stop outside the flats and we waited for a First Potteries bus to Newcastle. Whilst we waited we saw D&G Bus 113 on a #1 to Park Site. 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. After a brief stop in Stoke we continued along church Street and forwards onto Hartshill Road we saw First Potteries 37159 on a #25 to Hanley. We ran up the hill and into Hartshill. We ran forwards onto George Street and we ran down the hill into Newcastle. We turned left at the roundabout onto Barracks Road and into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we walked onto Castle Walk and into Wilko. Matthew brought a bottle of Coke. We returned to the bus station to wait for a bus back to Fenton. We returned to Fenton of First Potteries 65001 on the #11 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton. we sat down. We set off onto Barracks Road and we ran up to the Jubilee roundabout. We ran onto the A53 and around the one-way system onto the A52. We ran up George Street into Hartshill and we ran down the hill into Stoke town centre. After a brief stop we continued along Church Street we saw First Potteries 63096 on a #11 to Newcastle. out of Stoke and over the A500. We ran under the railway line and we continued onto City Road. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. We crossed over City Road and we walked across the car park to the day centre. In the afternoon Matthew walked to the pub. We set off onto Christchurch Street. We went into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Once we had finished in the pub we walked back to the residential unit. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street we saw Stanton's of Stoke FJ13 CUU.


Copeland's Tours MIB 970 in Fenton


First Potteries 67662 in Fenton
We then went out for tea. Transport for the trip it was ABC Supreme HV18 FHH. We got on and we set off onto Temple Street. We turned left onto Christchurch Street we saw First Potteries 42554 on a #23 to Newstead. and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill and we joined the A52 and ran under the railway line. We turned right onto the Northbound A500 and we ran up to the A34. We turned right at the roundabout onto the A34 and we ran up to Talke we saw First Potteries 32648 on a #4A to Kidsgrove. At the traffic light we followed the A34 to the right and we ran into Kidsgrove. We turned right onto the B5371 and right onto Clough Hall Road. We stoped at the pub and Matthew went to the toilet. He also had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had a beefburger and fries followed by a lemon meringue pie. When it was time to go back we returned to Fenton on ABC Supreme HV18 FHH. We set off onto Clough Hall road and we turned left onto the B5371. At the end we turned left onto the A34 and we ran up to Talke. At the traffic light we followed the A34 to the left and we ran down to the A500. WE joined the Southbound A500 and we ran through Longport and Etruria. We came off the A500 at Stoke and we turned left onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and we went forwards onto City Road and into Fenton. We turned right onto Smithpool Road we saw First Potteries 67156 on a #23A to Hanley. and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room and chilled out 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.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Trp to Newcastle / Hanley 15-11-2018
















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63097Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley BS6AFirst Potteries
67655Hanley BSFenton, Victoria Place11First Potteries
63175Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley BS11First Potteries
63097Hanley BSFenton, Fenton Manor23First Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
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. In the morning Matthew spent time on the computer and did communication studies. For dinner


First Potteries 63097 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.


First Potteries 65732 in Hanley


First Potteries 67655 in Hanley
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton we sat down. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right onto Birch Terrace. We followed the road around onto Charles Street and we turned right onto Old Hall Street. We crossed over the ring road onto Bucknall New Road. We ran down the hill through Limekiln lights and we turned right onto Dividy Road. We turned left onto Beverley Drive and right onto Dawlish Drive. We ran through the estate and back onto the A5272. We ran up to Adderley Green. At the roundabout we turned right onto Anchor Road. system onto Commerce Street and right onto The Strand. After a brief stop we ran down the Strand and under the railway line onto King Street. We continued down through Fenton and forwards onto City Road. We went past KFC and we got up and got off. We walked down City Road and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out for a while and use his computer.


Copeland's Tours MIB 516 in Fenton
For tea Matthew had chips and beans followed by a Bakewell Tart. Matthew then went out to catch a bus to Hanley. we set off onto Temple Street and walked through onto City Road. On the way to the bus stop we saw Afford Rent-A-Car minibus CN68 FRN outside their yard.


Afford Rent-A-Car CN68 FRN in Fenton


D&G 112 in Fenton


First Potteries 63175 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Longton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We carried on along City Road and we continued forwards onto King Street. We ran through Foley and we under the railway line into Longton town centre. We stopped outside the old job centre as the #11 no longer calls in the Interchange. We ran up Market Street and we turned left onto Anchor Road. We ran up the hill to the top and ran down to the roundabout in Adderley Green. At the roundabout at the East end of Bentilee we turned right onto Beverley Drive and then left onto Dawlish Drive. We ran to the end and we turned left onto Beverley Drive. At the end we turned right onto Dividy Road and we ran down the hill to Bucknall. 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 right onto Bethesda Road and right onto John Street and into the bus station.


First Potteries 63097 in Hanley bus station
we got on the bus and we booked to Fenton and sat down towards the back of the bus. Whilst we waited for departure time we saw First Potteries 67650 on a #3 to Crewe. We set off onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned right onto Glebe Street and under the railway line an we ran around the one-way system in Stoke and stopped by Stoke Minster. We turned left onto Church Street and we crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill into Fenton we turned right into Smithpool Road where we got up and got off the bus. We walked back up Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew chilled out in his room and used his computer.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Trip to Stoke / Dimsdale 14-11-2018









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67153Fenton, adj Travers CourtStoke, adj stop P23First Potteries
63175Stoke, adj stop AFenton, Christchurch Street11First Potteries
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BG07 XCNDimsdaleFentonCharterRoseville


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to visit uncle Dave later on. 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 67648 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off onto City Road and we walked down to the bus stop outside the flats to wait for a bus to Stoke. Whilst we waited we saw


Copelands Tours MIB 118 in Fenton


D&G 113 in Fenton


First Potteries 67153 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Stoke 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 where we got up and got off the bus.


Copeland's Tours MIB 783 in Stoke


First Potteries 63175 in Stoke
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto Church Street out of Stoke and over the A500. We ran under the railway line and we continued onto City Road. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. We crossed over City Road and onto Christchurch 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 Ausden Clark CRZ 6382. We went to Dimsdale on it was Roseville BG07 XCN. We set off down Temple Street and right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill and under the railway line into Stoke. We crossed over the A500 and we went around the one-way system. We ran up the hill into Hartshill and we continued to the edge of Newcastle. We turned right into Albert Street and we crossed over the A53 onto Sandy Lane. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A527. We ran through Wolstanton and we turned left onto the B5369. After around 1/2 mile we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew had a burger and fries followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished we returned to Fenton in Roseville BG07 XCN. We set off onto the B5369 and at the light we turned right onto the A527. We turned left onto Sandy lane and we crossed the A53 onto Albert street. We joined the A52 and we ran through Hartshill into Stoke. We ran down to Stoke and onto the one way system. We turned right onto Elenora Street and we followed the road around onto Copeland Street. We ran forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the one way system onto Church Street. We crossed over the A500 onto City Road and we went under the railway line. We ran up the hill into Fenton and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to wait for time before going to uncle Dave's. Matthew used his computer and watched buses out of the window. We saw


grey in Fenton


City Cabs YX61 VVO in Fenton


Z Carz GK02 NWJ in Fenton


SF14 FLE in Fenton


Blackfriars GN53 EZT in Fenton


First Potteries 67648 in Fenton


First Potteries 67151 in Fenton


Intercity YC68 ZZH in Fenton

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Trip to Minehead / Birches Head 13-11-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonMineheadCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXMineheadFentonCharterShelton Care Group


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 67653 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 to the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
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 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. M6. We continued Northwards throught 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 VK61 BVG 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 thr 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 and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went to chill out in his room. Whilst waiting we saw


D&G 115 in Fenton


Afford rent-a-car PO17 ZXJ in Fenton


First Potteries 63100 in Fenton


Carrilion BG66 EHV in Fenton
For tea Matthew had shepherds pie and Chips followed by a Bakewell tart. Later Matthew went downstairs and out of the residential unit. He went to the disco in a car. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto baker Street. At the end we turned left onto Glebedale Road and right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp Left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we turned right onto the A52. We ran North to Bucknall and we continued onto the A5009. After passing through Abbey Hulton we turned left onto Birches Head Road. We arrived at our destination and we saw Strathmore Renault minibus EU16 ENO parked up outside. Matthew spent the time listening to music and even had a quick dance. When it was time to go home Matthew returned to the residential unit in a car. We set off onto Birches Head roan and we turned right onto the A5009. At Bucknall we went forwards onto the A52 an we ran up to Joiners Square. We turned right onto Victoria Road and at the top we turned sharp left onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and onto Temple Street and back the residential unit. Matthew had a bath and then chilled out in his room on his computer. For supper Matthew had toast. Matthew went to bed around 23:00... Mark.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Trip to Preston / Penwortham 10-11-2018



























































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47219Fishwick, Acregate LanePreston BS9Stagecoach Lancashire
15840Preston BSLea, o/s Police Station68Stagecoach Lancashire
15908Lea, opp Pig & WhistlePreston BS61Stagecoach Lancashire
15819Preston BSFulwood, Lightfoot Lane41Stagecoach Lancashire
15697Fulwood, ParklandsPreston BS41Stagecoach Lancashire
27114Preston BSPenwortham, Kingsfold Shops3Stagecoach Lancashire
27115Penwortham, Kingsfold ShopsPreston BS3Stagecoach Lancashire


Today we decided to re-visit Preston. Our last visit to Preston was for the Rolala Preston Bus Olympian farewell in December 2016. We checked the weather and the roads and the weather for today seemed to be letter further North. We showed Matthew the map and on the map he chose to visit Preston. Other research consisted of checking the availability of Stagecoach and Preston Bus day tickets. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had crumpets and orange juice for breakfast. just before 12:00 we set off onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way. We joined the Westbound A50 and we ran down to the roundabout at Sideway. We turned right onto the Northbound A500 towards the motorway. As we ran up the A500 we saw white coach YT68 GWP, Vicky's Coaches VKZ 989 & Copeland's Tours MIB 229. We ran up to junction 16 and we got onto the Northbound M6. Seen on the M6 were Kier YS15 CRJ / WR17 JFU / VN15 FXJ, Mostonian ESK 812, an unidentified National Express liveried coach(#540), Titterington's BJ10 VTV, Hollinshead J10 BUS / DH13 HOL, Holmeswood K5 HWD, Vision Travel BK63 ZSW, an unidentified LMT blue white minibus, an unidentified Caledonian Travel coach, an unidentified Coastal Coaches midicoach, an unidentified red/white MP Travel Dart & white minibus LK56 ALO. We decided to come of the M6 at junction 28 to see if we could find somewhere to eat in Leyland. We headed West along the B5256. We came to a set of two mini roundabout and we ran forwards onto the B5254. We turned into the car park by the Lancashire FA and we decided to turn around and get closer to the cafe we had found. We turned left onto the B5254 and we turned right onto Towngate. We turned right into Hough Lane and the road on which the cafe was situated on had a street market. We turned left onto Quin Street and we followed the road around. We turned right onto Newsome Street and at the end we turned right back onto Hough Lane. As we couldn't find anywhere suitable to park we turned left onto Thurston Road. At the end we turned left onto the B5254 and we ran out of town. We crossed over the roundabouts and we ran forwards onto the B5256. We ran up to the M6 and we got onto the Northbound side. We ran up to junction 31 and we got onto the Westbound A59. We ran into town and we decided to try and find at at cafe mum had found in Fishwick. We came into Fishwick and we spotted the cafe. There just happen to be a parking space free when we arrived. We got out of the car and and we went into the cafe. Matthew went to the toilet and mum ordered the food. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a glass of Coke. When we had finished we went outside to catch a bus. We said goodbye to mum and we walked about 50yds to the nearest bus stop. We had already decided to catch stagecoach buses today, so when we saw Rotala Preston Bus 40584 on a #16 to Farrington Park Matthew took a picture.


Rotala Preston Bus 40584 in Fishwick
A few minutes later we saw a Stagecoach bus approaching. As it got closer we saw it was required Stagecoach Lancashire 47219 on a #9 to Preston.


Stagecoach Lancashire 47219 in Fishwick
We got on the bus and we booked Stagecoach Preston Dayrider tickets at £4.70 each before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along the A59 and we and we ran the mile or so into the town centre. We veered slight right along the A59 and we turned left into Percy Street. We ran forwards Onto Lords Walk and we entered the bus station. We pulled onto the stand and we got up to get off the bus. Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Lancashire 47219 before we got off it.


Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 47219
Once off the bus we headed to the toilets which have been renovated since our last visit. One Matthew had used the facilities week walk down to the far end of the bus station to see what was working. We saw Stagecoach Lancashire 15840 on layover in between services.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15840 in Preston bus station
Also seen was Stagecoach Lancashire 15822 on a #41 to Lancaster.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15822 in Preston bus station
We decided to do Stagecoach Lancashire 15840 which was going out on the #68 to Blackpool. As we queued to get on the bus, we saw Rotala Preston Bus 20013 on a #77 to Blackpool depart from the adjacent stand.


Rotala Preston Bus 20013 in Preston bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Stagecoach Preston Dayrider ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We decided to do the bus to Lea as we know knew where this place was. The bus set off out of the bus station onto Tithebarn Road. We turned right onto Old Vicarage and right onto Lancaster Road. We turned left onto the A59 and at the next junction we turned right onto Friargate. We continued onto the A583 and we headed out of town an under the West coast main line. We turned left following the A583 and right onto the A5072. We the A5072 and we passed Stagecoach Lancashire 15582 on a #68 to Preston turning out of Egerton Road. We ran to the end of the road and we turned left onto the A5085. We continued for another mile or so and we got up and got off the bus outside Lea police station. Once off the bus Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Lancashire 15840 as it continued towards Blackpool.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15840 in Lea
Once off the bus we decided to walk along the road for a short distance to find a shop. We spotted a petrol station across the way so we went over there. Matthew spotted the customer toilet so he used that. We brought a couple of cans of pop and a couple of chocolate bars. Once we had paid for the goods we went outside and used the cash machine. We continued down the road to the next stop and we waited for a Preston bound bus. We checked the timetable and there was a bus due in a few minutes. We saw a bus approaching and as it got closer we saw that it was dud Stagecoach Lancashire 15908 on a #61 to Preston.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15908 in Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Stagecoach Preston Dayrider ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. This was a bus we first had back in August 2013 from Lea to Preston. We set off along the A5085 and we travelled Eastwards towards town. We crossed over the railway line to Blackpool and we turned right into Tulketh Brow. We joined the Southbound B6241 and we ran forwards onto the A583. We ran under the West coast main line and into Preston town centre. We passed 'Ships & giggles' and we went around the roundabout onto Friargate. We turned left onto the A59 and we ran up to the Holiday Inn before turning right onto Tithebarn Street. We turned left onto Carlisle Street and we ran onto Derby Street. We turned right onto Lords Walk. We entered the bus station and we ran onto stand. We got up and Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Lancashire 15908 before we got off the bus.


Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 15908
Matthew indicated that he wanted to do a #40 or #41 North towards Lancaster. Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 had just arrived and was no due to depart for another 20 minutes or so. We went and stood by the exit and Matthew took a few bus pictures whilst we waited. We saw Rotala Preston Bus 40628 on a #19 to Farrington Park.


Rotala Preston Bus 40628 in Preston bus station
Nearer to the departure time we went back inside the bus station and Matthew took a picture of Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 as the driver prepared the bus to work the next #41 to Lancaster.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 in Preston bus station
The bus hadn't started to load so we headed back to the exit to take a few more bus pictures. We saw Rotala Preston Bus 40593 on a #35 to Tanterton.


Rotala Preston Bus 40593 in Preston bus station
We walked along the grassy mound next to the end of the bus station. We saw Stagecoach Lancashire 15471 on a #68 to Blackpool.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15471 in Preston bus station
We went back into the bus station and the bus had started to load. We got on the bus and we flashed the Stagecoach Preston Dayrider ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 before we sat down.


Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 15819
We set off out of the bus station onto Tithebarn Street. We turned right onto Old Vicarage and right again onto Lancaster Road. We crossed the A59 and we went North up the A6. We passed the Withy Trees, which was the furthest North point we had travelled to on our last run on these services in October 2016. We continued further North for around another 1km and we got up and got off the bus just short of the M55. Once off the bus Matthew took an other picture of Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 as it continued North towards Lancaster.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15819 in Fulwood
Once off the bus we crossed over the road and we walked to the nearest Southbound bus stop. Whilst we waited for the bus Matthew had a flake out of the supplies in the trip bag. A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching from under the motorway. As it got closer we saw that it was required Stagecoach Lancashire 15697 on a #41 to Preston.


Stagecoach Lancashire 15697 in Fulwood


Stagecoach Lancashire 27114 in Preston bus station


Stagecoach Lancashire 27114 in Penwortham


Stagecoach Lancashire 27115 in Penwortham


Inside Stagecoach Lancashire 27115


Caledonian Travel LSK 509 in Preston bus station


Moving People B13 KJT in Preston bus station


Z Carz PE10 MJK in Longton


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton