Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Trip to Hanley / Newcastle 25-09-2018
















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65027Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley BS6AFirst Potteries
63179Hanley BSFenton, Victoria Place6AFirst 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 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.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GEU in Fenton
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 along


First Potteries 65733 in Hanley


First Potteries 65002 in Hanley


Scraggs 9685 VT in Hanley


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 shepherds pie 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.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Trip to Hanley / Crackley 24-09-2018
















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41502Fenton, adj Travers CourtFenton23First Potteries
63101Hanley BSFenton, adj Travers Court11First 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.


D&G 112 in Fenton
When it was time to go we set off onto Temple Street and walked through onto City Road. On the way to the bus stop. We waited for a bus to Hanley. A few minutes later we saw bus turn around the corner. AS it got closer we saw that it was First Potteries 41502 on a #23 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down City Road and we joined the A52 to go under the railway line and over the A500. We continued onto Church Street and into the centre of Stoke. After a brief stop we continued around the one-way system onto Elenora Steet and right onto Copeland street. We turned left onto Glebe Street and we went under the railway line before turning left onto Station Road. We went past the railway station ans we turned right onto College Road. After running the hill through Shelton we continued onto Cleveland Road and forwards onto Regent Road. We turned left onto Lower Bethesda Street and we crossed over the ring road onto Bethesda Street. We turned right onto John Street and we saw First Potteries 41500 on a #8 to Ball Green. Once in the bus station we got up and got off the bus. In the bus station we saw. 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 at the Travers Court bus stop outside the block of flats. Once off the bus we walked onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew


YF62 in Fenton


DL63 FJV in Fenton


Lucky Seven MK18 UZX in Fenton


First Potteries 63101 in Fenton


D&G 113 in Fenton


First Potteries 67157 in Fenton


Magnum PN59 BEO in Fenton


Z Carz YJ62 LSX in Fenton


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Trip to Tittesworth Reservoir / Hanley 22-09-2018
















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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. We saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton


P879 PMB in Fenton


First Potteries 63179 in Fenton
We were going out to Tittersworth reservoir. Transport for the journey it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We turned right onto the A52 and at Bucknall we continued onto the A5009 through Abbey Hulton. We continued through Milton and we joined the Northbound A53. We continued North Through Endon. We then ran through Longsdon and Ladderedge and we entered Leek town centre. We followed the A53 through the town centre and we went out the other side and up the hill to Blackshaw Moor where we turned left to run down the narrow road up to Tittesworth Reservoir. At the reservoir Matthew went to the cafe and had a piece of Victoria Sponge and a can of Coke. When we had finished we returned to Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We ran back onto the A53 and we ran back through Leek town centre and back towards Stoke-on-Trent along the A53. We stopped at the Co-operative Food store in Badderley Green and Matthew picked up bottle of Coke. Once the shopping had been paid for we got back into Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the return Journey to Hanley. We went North up the A53 We passed under the A5272 and past the site of a new building and down to Cobridge. At the lights we turned left onto Waterloo Road. We ran down to the ring Road and then we ran around Hanley. We turned right by the bus station and we parked in the small car park by The Coachmakers Arms. Once we had parked up we walked up Lichfield Street and onto Tontine Street. We stopped at the pub and Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew had a chicken breast burger and fries followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. We set off down Tontine Street and onto Lichfield Street. Transport for the journey back to Fenton was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off out of Lichfield street and we crossed over the ring road. We ran down to Joiners Square and we continued onto Victoria Road. We ran up to the top and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We ran down to Smithpool Road and we turned left. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses.


First Potteries 67642 in Fenton


Alfa 65 in Fenton


First Potteries 41497 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to the old Sixth Form College before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down Victoria Road for a round 1/2 mile and then we got up and got off the bus. We continued down to Aldi and we did some shopping. After we had done the shopping we got a Lucky Seven taxi back to the residential unit. We set off up Victoria Road. We turned right onto City Road and left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Trip to Blurton / Newcastle 21-09-2018
















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PE67 XEUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton 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 67631 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67631 in Fenton
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
We set off onto Glebedale Road. We ran forwards onto Station Bridge Road and around the corner onto Heron Street. We ran through Heron Cross an over the A50. We ran through Blurton on Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. At the end of Church Road we turned we turned right onto the A5035. we turned right onto the A5035. We crossed over the railway line into Blurton and we turned left onto Church Road. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton where we saw First Potteries 63174 on a #22 to Newcastle. We ran forwards over the A50 in Heron Cross an onto Heron Street. We followed the road to the left onto Station Bridge Road and we ran forwards onto Glebedale Road. For dinner Matthew had sausage chips and gravy followed by a Bakewell tart and custard. In the afternoon Matthew walked to the pub.


Britannia Travel S100 KKE in Fenton
We set off onto Christchurch Street. We went into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and 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.


Blackfriars EU55 KVZ in Fenton


D&G 112 in Fenton


A1 Embassy SD06 HTC in Fenton


RA55 in Fenton


First Potteries 63177 in Fenton


Magnum BX60 AAK in Fenton


Intercity AF15 TKJ in Fenton

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Trip to Shelton / Belper 19-09-2018
















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Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going to visit his uncle Dave later on. 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 Z Carz PO55 URU going towards Heron Cross. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. into the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning we went to Shelton on ABC Supreme HN18 VHL. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill into Stoke and onto the A52. We went under the railway line and over the A500. We joined the Northbound A500 and we ran up to the Shelton exit. We turned right onto Shelton New Road and we ran up to the other day centre. Matthew went in and did some stuff. We went forwards to Belper on ABC Supreme HN18 VHL. We set off onto Shelton New Road and we turned left onto Cemetery Road. We turned right onto Stoke Road. We ran anti-clockwise around the ring road and we ran down Bucknall New Road to Limekiln lights. We turned left onto the A5009. We ran through Abeey Hulton and Milton and we joined the Northbound A53. We continued North through Endon. We ran through Longsdon and we ran into Leek. In the town centre we continued forwards onto the A53 and we ran out of town. We ran through Blackshaw Moor and then just after the Winking Man pub we turned right and ran to Longnor. We turned right onto the A515 and we ran South for a couple of miles. We then went Eastwards along the A5012 until we got to the A6. We then ran Southwards down the A6 until we got to Belper where we saw Little's B7 on a #142 to Alfreton. Matthew had dinner had the King Street fish and chip shop. He had sausage chips and gravy washed down with a can of Coke can. We saw Trent Barton 688 on a #6.4 to Derby. When we had finished we set off Northwards up the A6 to Whatstandwell and we turned left onto the A5012. We travelled Eastwards for around 15 miles to Newhaven and we joined the Northbound A515. We ran Westwards from Hurlow through Longnor and we joined the Southbound A53 North of the Winking Man. We travelled south through through Blackshaw Moor and into Leek we ran South through Leek and continued along the A53. We ran through Longsdon and into Endon. We continued South Through Stockton Brook. We passed under the A5272 and past the site of a new building and down to Cobridge. At the lights we turned left onto Waterloo Road. We ran down to the ring Road and then we ran around Hanley before going onto Lichfield Street. We ran down to Joiners Square and we continued onto Victoria Road. We ran up to the top and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We ran down to Smithpool Road and we turned left. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses. After a few minutes we saw City Cabs YX61 VVO going towards Stoke.


City Cabs YX61 VVO in Fenton
A short while later we saw grey minibus SB66 FZW going towards Stoke.


SB66 FZW in Fenton
After a while we saw Stanton's of Stoke WIL 2928 also going towards Stoke.


Stanton's of Stoke WIL 2928 in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 63179 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63179 in Fenton
After a while we saw Z Carz minibus YJ62 LSX going towards Stoke.


Z Carz YJ62 LSX in Fenton
Also seen was Free Spirits MV05 YMM going towards Stoke.


Free Spirits MV05 YMM in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 41497 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 41497 in Fenton
Also seen was white minibus G14 SBX going towards Stoke.


G14 SBX in Fenton
Afterwards we saw D&G Bus 115 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 115 in Fenton
Later on Matthew went to visit uncle Dave. We went downstairs and out of the unit. We got in a car and we set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Smithpool Road. We turnd right onto Whieldon Road and to uncle Dave's. For tea Matthew had chicken potatoes and carrots with gravy followed by a slice of toffee cheesecake. Later on he had a drink of Fanta orange and a few digestive biscuits. Matthew chill out in uncle Dave's house using his computer and watching television. Uncle Dave also did his DJ set. Eventually staff came to pick him up and return to the residential unit. Staff turned up in a car to pick Matthew up and go shopping. We set off onto Wheildon Road and we turned onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto City Road and left onto Manor Street. We turned left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Aldi. Matthew did hi shopping and we returned to Fenton in a car. We set off onto Victoria Road and right onto manor Street. We turned right onto City Road and left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street past the new building under construction and back to the residential unit. Matthew also drank a can of Coke. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. Matthew had a few rich tea biscuits. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Trip to Penygroes / Birches Head 18-09-2018
















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Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going to out for tea later and going to the disco. 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 we saw First Potteries 67154 on a #23 to Hanley. we set off 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 up.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We ran under the railway line and then we turned right onto the Northbound A52. We ran North up to the M6 and we continued North as far as junction 20. At Junction 20 we went Westwards along the M56. We ran to the end of the M56 and forwards onto the A494. We crossed over the Dee at Queensferry and we joined onto the Westbound A55. We continued along the A55 for around 60 miles and near to the Menai bridge we joined the Southbound A487. We ran through Caernarfon and South for a further 5 miles into Penygroes. We parked up and stopped at the Melting Pot café. Matthew went to the toilet and afterwards had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. Once we had finished went across the road to former bank that is now a soft play area. After a session Matthew went to the toilet. We went to the café area and Matthew had a can of Coke. We returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off Northwards up the A487 through Caernarvon and forwards onto the Eastbound A494. We ran to the A494 and we crossed over the Dee at Queensferry. At the end of the A494 we ran forwards onto the M56. We got onto the Eastbound M56 as far as the A556 and then we went down to the A50. We travelled South through Knutsford. We continued to Holmes Chapel and down into Kidsgrove. We carried on South towards Tunstall and we turned left onto the A527. In Fegg Hayes we turned right onto Oxford Street and we ran through Chell Heath past Matthew's old school. In Smallthorne we turned right onto Ford Green Road and at the roundabouts we turned left onto the A5272. We followed the road through Sneyd Green and Northwood and down to Bucknall. We turned right onto the A52 and at Joiners Square roundabout we turned left onto Victoria Road. At the top of the hill we turned right onto City Road and we ran down the hill to Smithpool Road. We turned left and left again onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room and chilled out on his computer. We saw First Potteries 63179 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63179 in Fenton
Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses out of the window. For tea Matthew had chips and beans followed by a Bakewell Tart. Matthew then went to his room to get ready to go out. Whilst we waited Tonight Matthew went out to the disco in a car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Baker Street and left onto Glebedale Road. At the end we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we saw First Potteries 63173 on a #6 to Weston Coyney. We turned right onto the a52 and we ran up to Bucknall. At the lights we went straight on, forwards onto the A5009 and we ran through Abbey Hulton. We turned left onto Birches Head Road and we stopped at the disco. Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke and did some dancing. When it was time to go back to Fenton. We set off onto Birches Head Road and we turned right onto the A5009. We ran down though Abbey Hulton and into Bucknall where we went straight onto the A52. We ran through Joiners Square and towards Stoke railway station we continued along the A52 along side the railway line and we then turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out. He used his computer and watched buses out of the window. We saw Afford Rent-a-Car YR68 ECC parked up at their garage.


Afford Rent-a-Car YR68 ECC in Fenton
Matthew sat in his room 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

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Trip to Widnes / Runcorn 15-09-2018









































































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3136Runcorn BSNorton, Runcorn EastX1Arriva NW&W
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Today we decided to re-visit Widnes. We had checked the weather for today and it was for mainly dry weather with some sunshine and the small chance of a shower. We gave Matthew a list of destination in the Midlands and North West and from the list Matthew chose Widnes. Research for the trip consisted of looking at Arriva Mersey Plus Day Saver ticket. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:45 onto the A5035. We turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way and near to the BET365 stadium we passed D&G 173 on a #14 to Stafford. We joined the Westbound A50 and at Sideway roundabout we turned right to join the Northbound A500. Travelling up the A500 we saw an unidentified Swans Travel coach and Belle Vue A15 VUE. We joined the M6 at junction 16 and as we joined the motorway we saw Rolfe Street Garage YP10 XGN. Going up the M6 we saw an unidentified Alba Travel coach, an unidentified Mostonian coach, Kier YS15 CRJ, Park's of Hanmilton LSK 832, an unidentified Swans Travel coach, an unidentified national Holidays coach, Llew Jones (NX) LJ67 LLJ(#375), an unidentified Barnes coach, Stanton's of Stoke 5658 RU, an unidentified Esk Valley coach, an unidentified 18 Mayne coach (in a firework style livery). We left the M6 at junction 21A and we went Westwards along the M62 to junction 7. We went Southwards down the A557 and we turned right to run up to Green Oaks Way. We past the entrance to the bus station and we turn ed left into the car park. We parked up and we set off over the bus station towards the market. On the way we saw required Arriva NW&W 2549 on a #110 to Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2549 in Widnes
We crossed over the road and we headed into the market. Matthew went to the toilet and then we went into the Market Cafe. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. Once we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we set off outside to the bus station. We saw Halton Transport 82 on a #62 to Halebank.


Halton Transport 82 in Widnes
We crossed over the road to wait for a bus towards Runcorn. Whilst we waited we saw Halton Transport 24 on a #14C to Hough Green.


Halton Transport 24 in Widnes
A few minutes later we saw an Arriva bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 2539 on a #110 to Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 2539 in Widnes
We got on the bus and we brought Arriva NW&W Merseyside Plus Day Saver tickets at £4.40 each before sitting down towards the back of the bus. As we sat down we saw Stagecoach Merseyside 15585 on a X5 to Liverpool. We set off out of the bus station and we turned right onto Gerrards Street. We ran forwards onto Milton Road and we turned left onto the B5419. We went through the old town and across the roundabout onto Victoria Road where we saw an unidentified Ambassador coach parked down a side street. We got onto the new A533 and we crossed over the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. We then headed back Westwards and then joined Leiria way to run into Runcorn town centre. We ran onto the High Street we ran past the bus station before turning right into the bus station so we were pointing the right way to go towards Halton Lea. We got up and got off the bus and we saw Anthony's Travel D19 ANT on a contract service to Capita.


Anthony's Travel D19 ANT in Runcorn bus station
A few minutes later we saw Arriva NW&W 3136 on a X1 to Windmill Hill.


Arriva NW&W 3136 in Runcorn bus station
We decided to do this bus so we got on and flashed the Arriva NW&W Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off Westwards and we crossed under the A557 and Southwards down Greenway Road. We turned left onto Moughland lane and we continued forwards onto Clifton Road. We turned left onto one of the busways and we ran under the A533 before stopping outside the library. WE continued up to Halton Lea Hospital and we ran fast up to Murdishaw. We had planned on getting up by the Co-operative food store but we didn't ring the bell expecting the bus would stop and we went sailing by. We continued a few stops further round and we decided to get off by Runcorn East railway station. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 3136 as it continued towards Windmill Hill.


Arriva NW&W 3136 in Norton
Once off the bus we crossed over the road to the bus top opposite. We weren't sure how long we were going to have to wait for a bus but only a couple of minutes later we saw an Arriva NW&W Cadet approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 2542 on a #1 Halton Lea circular service.


Arriva NW&W 2542 in Norton
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus turned around the turning circle and we ran West up the busway to Halton Lea hospital. We pulled up in Halton Lea South. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2542 as it continued around the Halton Lea circular route.


Arriva NW&W 2542 in Halton Lea
Once of the bus we headed down to the Shopping City shopping centre. We walked through the shopping centre and Matthew used the disabled toilet which appear to have been upgraded since our last visit. Once we had finished we headed back through the shopping centre and up to the bus station. When we got there we saw Stagecoach Merseyside 19056 on a X2 to Chester.


Stagecoach Merseyside 19056 in Halton Lea
A few minutes later we saw another Arriva Cadet Approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 2544 on a #110 to Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2544 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We travelled back through Castlefields via the busway. We headed back into Runcorn via the busway through Astmoor. When we got back into Runcorn Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 2544 before it carried on towards Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2544 in Runcorn bus station
Across the way we spotted required Ashcroft's Travel W828 PFB on the #52 Beechwood circular service.


Ashcroft's Travel W828 PFB in Runcorn bus station
We decided to pay extra and do this bus as it was a required one. We got on the bus and we booked single fares to Halton Lea South at £1.10 each before we sat down towards the back of the bus. There was a short wait for departure time, and at 15:20 we set off out of the bus station. We went Eastwards onto the B5155. We crossed the canal and we turned left onto Halton Road. We travelled around 1/2 mile and we turned left onto Halton Brow, running under the A533. At the end of Halton Brow we turned right onto Main Street through and old part of the town with older building that you typically find in a rural village in Cheshire. The road curved around to the East ans we turned right onto Holt Lane. We ran through part of the Halton Lea shopping centre that were very run down and the we circle around onto the Southway and into the bus station. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Ashcroft's Travel W828 PFB before it carried on around the Beechwood circle.


Ashcroft's Travel W828 PFB in Halton Lea
We decided to keep moving and we saw a gas powered bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 5004 on a #500 to Widnes.


Arriva NW&W 5004 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and along the busway. THe #500 takes the same route as the bold #79C service used to take. We carried on West onto Grangeway. At the end we ran forwards onto Linkway and right onto Laburnum Grove. We turned right onto Windsor Grove and we followed the road around. We ran North up Norleane Crescent and we turned left onto Heath Road. We then did a loop around Langdale Road and Ivy Street before we rejoined Heath Road, this time going Northwards. We continued up the B5155 and we followed the road to the left over the canal. We then travelled via Lena Way into the town centre and into the bus station. We got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 5004 as it carried on towards Widnes.


Arriva NW&W 5004 in Runcorn bus station
Once off the bus Matthew decided he wanted a drink and to go to the toilet. We left the bus station and crossed the road and went to The Ferry Boat. Matthew went to the toilets and afterwards we waited at the bar to get a drink. Matthew had a small Coke with ice and after we had finished drink we went outside to meet up with uncle Dave. We decided to take a few pictures before we carried on. We saw Halton Transport 10 on a #61A to Huyton.


Halton Transport 10 in Runcorn bus station
A few minutes later we saw Arriva NW&W 3138 on a X1 to Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 3138 in Runcorn bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and we headed to the A533. We ran fast over the river Mersey on the new bridge and we joined the Westbound A562. We ran at speed for around 2 miles and the we veered left to join the A561. We ran the last mile or so into Speke and we could see a small bus terminal outside of Morrison as we went past. After crossing over Western Avenue we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture picture of Arriva NW&W 3138 as it carried on towards Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 3138 in Speke
We walked around the corner onto Western Avenue to wait for a bus toward Speke. A few minutes later we saw a hybrid double decker approaching. As it got closer we saw it was required Arriva NW&W 4829 on a #82 to Speke.


Arriva NW&W 4829 in Speke
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off down Western Avenue and past Paul McCartney's first home. We turned left onto Central Avenue and we ran Eastwards through the estate. We ran clockwise around the South Parade and we continued Eastwards onto Central Way. We turned left onto Eastern Avenue and we ran Northwards for around 1/4 of a mile. We turned left onto Millwards Road and we ran Westwards to Morrisons and the end of the run. We got up and we went into Morrisons. Matthew went to the toilet and we came out of the supermarket. We decided to wait for the next #81 towards Woolton. The bus pulled up and we saw it was required Arriva NW&W 4814 on a #81 to Bootle.


Arriva NW&W 4814 in Speke
Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service we saw HTL Bus YJ11 EKN on a #3A circular service. When the bus was ready we got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Merseyside Plus Day Saver ticket to the driver for the final time today. The lower saloon was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 4814.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4814
We went upstairs and Matthew took a picture inside the upper saloon of Arriva NW&W 4814 before we sat down.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4814
We set off out of the bus terminal onto Millwood Road and we headed Eastwards. We turned right onto Eastern Avenue and we ran Southwards before turning right onto Central Way. We ran anti-clockwise around South Parade and we joined Central Avenue. We turned right onto Western Avenue and we ran Northwards up to the main road. We turned left onto the A561 and we ran Westwards towards Liverpool. We turned right onto Speak Hall Road. We ran Northwards towards Woolton and as we crossed over the railway line we saw 2 class 08 shunters and 4 old coaches parked adjacent to them. We turned right onto the A562. We ran Eastwards to Hunts Cross and we turned left onto Speke Road. We ran Northwards for around 3/4 of a mile and we crossed over the B5171. We ran into Woolton and we got up and got off the bus. Behind us was Arriva NW&W 4438 on a #89 to St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 4438 in Woolton
Once off the bus we crossed over the street and we went down the passageway to Sainsbury's. Matthew went to the toilet and afterwards we met up with mum. Matthew brought a bottle of Coke and a pack of Crunchies. Once we had paid for the stuff we got in the car where mum had brought Greggs sausage rolls and a small bottle of Irn Bru. We set off onto Kings Drive and we ran to Halewood Road. We turned left onto Lydiate Lane and forwards onto Church Road. We turned left onto Greensbridge lane and left onto the B5178. We ran into Netherley and we turned left onto the B5171. We turned right onto Besford Road and we stopped at Morrisons for petrol. Once we had filled up we headed back onto the B5171. We turned right onto the B5178 and we turned left onto Whitefield Lane. We turned right onto the A5080 and we joined the Eastbound M62. We continued to the M6 and then we headed Southwards. As we travelled Eastwards we saw grey minibus KN54 NLL. Seen on the M6 were an unidentified Esk Valley coach, an unidentified Alba Travel coach, An unidentified tri-axle Alpine Travel coach. As we ran through Cheshire we were passed by Airshuttle BX62 BFP.


Airshuttle BX62 BFP on the M6
Continuing down the M6 we saw an unidentified MJ Travel minibus & white minibus SH12 FDN. We came off the M6 at junction 16 and we headed Spouthwards down the A500. Seen on the A500 was grey minibus YP18 SVX. At Sideway we went went Eastwards along the A50 to Longton. We came off the A50 at Longton and we ran along the high level road. We stopped at the Z Carz depot to see what was parked up this evening. The spare ground was empty so we turned left nto Willow Row to see what was in the compound. We saw Z Carz's new grey minibus WX55 OHU.


Z Carz WX55 OHU in Longton
Also see was Z Carz white Mercedes minibus CE02 LYX.


Z Carz CE02 LYX 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 and 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.