Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Trip to Newcastle / Smallthorne 13-04-2021
















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67153Fenton, Smithpool RoadNewcastle BS11First Potteries
63098Newcastle BSSmallthorne, Ashman Street98First Potteries
63098Smallthorne, Regina StreetNewcastle BS98First Potteries
63118Newcastle BSHanley BS4AFirst Potteries
67154Hanley BSFenton, Smithpool Road23First 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 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 67154 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67154 in Fenton
Also seen was Afford rent-a-car HV70 RTZ heading towards Hanley.


Afford rent-a-car HV70 RTZ in Fenton
In the morning we went for a walk. We went downstairs and we set off onto Temple Street. We turned left onto Smithpool Road. We walked through the park and came out on Grove Road. We crossed over the Whieldon Road and we turned left onto Smithpool Road and left onto City Road. We waited for a bus to Newcastle. A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 67153 on a #11 to Newcastle. 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 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. We waited for a bus towards the Smallthorne. A short time later we saw First Potteries 63098 on a #98 to Ball Green. We got on the bus and we booked to Norton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto Barracks Road. We crossed the Jubilee roundabout onto the A527 and headed through Wolstanton. We turned right onto Porthill Bank and we we went down the hill and over the A500. We crawled into Longport past the site of the new petrol station and up the hill to Burslem. The road were still busy as we went up Moorland Road. We went over Smallthorne Roundabouts and down Ford Green Road. We got up and got off the bus by the former indian restaurant that has been runoured to be a new Wetherspoons pub. We crossed over Ford Green Road. The chip shop and we were tempted by the smell of the chips. We stopped at Joe's house and Matthew had sausage chips and gravy washed down with a bottle of Cherry Coke. We walked turned onto Ford Green Road. to wait for a bus to Trentham. A few minutes later we saw a bus come around the corner. It was First Potteries 63098 on a #98 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before we sat down. We set off onto Ford Green Road. We ran to the bottom of the hill and ran up through Smallthorne to the roundabout we turned left onto Moorland Road and we ran down to Burslem. We continued through Burslem to Longport and over the A500 and up Porthill Bank. We turned left at the roundabout and we ran through Wolstanton and May Bank into Newcastle. We crossed the Jubilee roundabout and we ran down Barracks Road and into Newcastle. We crossed the roundabout onto Barracks Road and we entered the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. After a short while First Potteries 63118 on the #4A to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down towards the back of the bus. When it was time to go the bus set off out of the bus station and onto Barracks Road. We crossed the Jubilee Roundabout and onto the A53. We ran into Basford and over the A500. We ran down into Etruria and over the A500. We continued along the A53 and we turned left onto Forge Lane. We ran out along the Lane and we crossed over the canal before we returned back into Etruria along festival Way. We crossed under the A53 onto Etruria Road. We ran into Hanley and into the bus station. Once in the bus station. We waited for a bus back towards Fenton. A short time later we saw First Potteries 67154 on a #23 to Newstead. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street we saw Harry Shaw YR17 CYL at the depot. 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. 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. We then walked back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to his room to chill out and watch buses out of the window. Yes you had your vaccine today. Well done matey. For tea Matthew had a sausage, egg and bacon washed down with a can of Coke. We went downstairs to the taxi and we set off onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and left onto City Road. We ran down the hil into stoke and forwards onto the A52. We crossed over the A500 and nwe joined the Northbound side. We ran up to Etruria and we turned right on to the East bound A53. We ran uop through Cobridge. We veered left onto Sandbach Road and we ran up the hill to Smalthorne. We got out of taxi. When we got into the building Matthew went to the toilet. Once off the bus we waited for someone to come and pick us up. We got in the car and we set off along A5272. We ran across the roundabouts onto High Lane. and we turned left onto Shaftsbury Avenue. After a quick stop we continued down the hill and turned left onto Doll'y Lane. We continued onto Stanfield Road and we crossed over Hamil Road onto Park Road. We ran onto Minster Street and we turned left onto Bowden Street. We turned right onto Dartmouth Street and we turned left to re-join Park Road. At the end we turned left onto Moorland Road. We crossed over the roundabout onto Ford Green Road. As we passed First Potteries 63098 on a #8 to Ball Green.


First Potteries 63098 in Smallethorne
We turned left onto Fell Street. We turned right onto Coseley Street and we ran down the hill onto Duddell Road. We stopped briefly on a side street and then we ran down to Chell Heath Road. We turned right towards the traffic lights and then right again onto Ford Green Road. We ran up the hill and made a brief stop before continuing up the the roundabouts. We turned left onto the A5272 and we ran through Sneyd Green into Birches Head. We ran into Hanley and we joined the clockwise ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 32648 on a #6 to Hanley.


First Potteries 32648 in Joiners Square
We crossed over the roundabout onto Victoria Road past Adsa and the new B&M. We ran up the hill. We got onto the A50 link road. We went along the A50 to Heron Cross and we turned left onto Blurton Road. We ran up through Blurton ans we turned right onto Church Road. As we turned into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:30. We then chilled out on the computer. We went back to the residential unit in the car. We set off through Blurton onto Finstock Avenue and we turned left onto Beaconsfield Drive. We turned left onto Church Road and left again onto Blurton Road. We went through the traffic lights onto Heron Street. We carried on forwards onto Station Bridge Road and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Masterson Street and we turned right onto Watkin Street. We continued onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went upstairs and Matthew went to his room. He watched television and used 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, 12 April 2021

Trip to Wolstanton / Hanley 12-04-2021
















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65733Fenton, adj Travers CourtNewcastle BS11First Potteries
44511Newcastle BSWolstanton, St Margaret's Church98First Potteries
67152Fenton, adj Travers CourtHanley BS23First Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. It was also mum's first Day at her new job and Matthew was going out on the bus. D&G Bus have taken delivery of reg T TYB ex Bournemouth buses. 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 67156 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67156 in Fenton
Whilst getting ready we saw Afford rent-a-car CN68 JXL.


Afford rent-a-car CN68 JXL in Fenton
Whilst getting ready we saw First Potteries 69167 on a #11 to Hanley. We went downstairs and we and we cut through onto City Road. We waited for a bus towards Newcastle. A short time later we saw First Potteries 65733 on a #11 to Newcastle. 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 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. We waited for a bus towards Wolstanton. A short time later we saw D&G Bus 29 on a #9 to Westbury Park. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 44511 on a #98 to Ball Green. We got on the bus and we booked to Wolstanton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto Barracks Road. We crossed the Jubilee roundabout onto the A527 and headed through Wolstanton and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we walked A527. We turned left onto the A527 and we ran down the hill into the retail park and we ran into Asda. After parking up we went in the supermarket. Matthew used the toilets and afterwards we went around and did the shopping. When we had finished we decided to go have dinner. We left the retail park and we joined the Southbound A500. We came off at Etruria and we went onto the Eastbound A53. We veered left onto Garner Street. We stopped at the food van by the builders yard and Matthew had a Cumberland sausage bap washed down with a can of Coke. once we had finished we got a taxi back to the residential unit. We set off along Garner Street and we turned right onto the A500. We headed South through Stoke and we turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room. For dinner Matthew had a Cumberland sausage bap washed down with a can of Coke. Later on we went to Newcastle on the bus. We went downstairs and we set off on foot to the bus stop. We walked onto Temple Street and left onto Christchurch Street. We continued up City Road the new sheltered housing complex. We waited for a bus towards Hanley. Whilst we waited we saw green minibus GX54 EYR. past of the new housing being built on the site of the old outdoor market. A short time later we saw D&G Bus 21 on a E1 to Alton Towers.


D&G 21 in Fenton
We walked up to Victoria place and we turned left onto Victoria Road where we saw Z Carz YJ12 SGV parked up on Victoria road.


Z Carz YJ12 SGV in Fenton
Whilst we waited we saw silver minibus SB21 HCZ heading towards Longton.


SB21 HCZ in Fenton
We turned left onto Manor Street. At the end we crossed over City Road. We continued to the stop outside the flats and we waited for a bus to Hanley. A short time later we saw First Potteries 67152 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67152 in Fenton
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 Street 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 where we saw D&G Bus 27 on a #9 to Westbury Park. We turned left onto Lower Bethesda Street and we crossed over the ring road onto Bethesda Street where we saw D&G Bus 20 on a #16 to Buxton. We turned right onto John Street and once in the bus station we got up and got off the bus. We left the bus station and we walked up Lichfield Street and onto Tontine Street we walked through Tontine Square. We continued to the Intu Potteries shopping centre. We had a walk around the shops and afterwards we walked through Tontine Square onto Tontine Street. We walked onto Lichfield Street. We returned to Fenton in a Z Carz taxi. We set off down Lichfield Street and we ran down to Joiners Square. We turned right onto the A52 and we ran towards the railway station. We ran alongside the railway line and we turned left onto City Road and up the hill into Fenton. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room. For tea matthew had chicken and chips. He 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.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Trip to Halifax / Huddersfield 10-04-2021









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32462Halifax BSHuddersfield BS537First West Yorkshire
37293Huddersfield BSHolmfirth BS314First West Yorkshire
47493Holmfirth BSHuddersfield BS308First West Yorkshire
30953Huddersfield BSBradford InterchangeX63First West Yorkshire
35214Bradford InterchangeBramley Town End72First West Yorkshire
35618Bramley CentreLeeds Park Row14First West Yorkshire
35293Leeds BSHeadingley, North Grange Road6First West Yorkshire


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to Halifax and Huddersfield. Transdev signs agreement with Arriva to acquire Yorkshire Tiger bus services. I had checked the weather for today and it appeared that the weather was going to be better North of Yorkshire. than it would be throughout the Midlands. As such we gave Matthew a list of places from the North West and from the list Matthew chose Middleton. What we did not check was the roads... Matthew got up around 08:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. before Matthew went to Halifax he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Temple Street Church RX18 GZW.


Temple Street Church RX18 GZW in Fenton
Later on we went to Halifax in the car. We went downstairs to the car and we set off onto Temple Street where we saw Temple Street Methodist Church minibus DN03 WKK. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill and under the railway line into Stoke. We crossed over the A500. We joined the Northbound A500. We joined the M6 at Junction 16 and to motorway wasn't too bad today. At Junction 21A we went East on the M62 As we travelled East around the North ot Manchester we saw Epsom Coaches (National Express) BX65 WCY & Coachmasters P691 XVL. On the M60 we passed 3 x Gordon's coaches, 2 York Pullman coaches, A Tetley's coach, a T&J Coaches coach and East Yorkshire Coaches 71. M62 at Junction 24 and we went North on the A629. We stopped in Elland for dinner at a Cafe on Southgate called The Tea Set. Matthew went to the toilet which I think was meant to be staff only, wewalked through the kitchen and up a very narrow staircase. When matthwe had finished using the facilties he had a breakfast and he washed it down with a can of Coke. When we had finished we then we got back onto the A629 and we drove up the hill into Halifax. We went around the town and we parked up in the council car park by the bus station off Winding Road. Once we had parked up we said goodbye to mum and Matthew went to the toilet. Once he had finished we walked into the bus station and we had a look around at what we could catch. Obe of the first things we saw was First West Yorkshire 37051 on a #576 to Bradford. A short while later we saw it was First West Yorkshire 32462 on a #537 to Huddersfield. We got on the bus and we booked Metro day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station onto Broad Street. We turned left into Commercial Street and we ran through the town centre. At the other end of town we joined the A629 and we ran past the giagantic Halifax Building Society headquarters. We ran down the hill past the First bus garages and down into the valley. We ran into Elland along Ellan Bridge and Huddersfield Road. We turned right into Southgate and then left into Victoria Road. We then left Elland and we climbed up the hill into the next village. Holywell Green. We got stopped for around a minutes whilst wewaited for a tractor to puch a static caravan down a dirt trck off the main road. We passed required First West Yorkshire 32524 on the other #537 turn going towards Halifax. We continued climbing out of the valley, the bus working hard a it went up Stainland and Sowood. At the end of Stainland Road we turned left into Outlane. We continued down New hay Road and we crossed the M62. We then ran the 3 or so miles downhill into Huddersfield town cente. We crossed the ring road and the bus station was on the right just inside the ring road. The bus pulled up in on of the unloading stops at the entrance of the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. Once in the bus station Matthew went to the toilet and we walked through to the other end. Just inside the ring road were around 20 layover stands where buses park up beween duties and there were around 25 stands in the bus station. On layover was First West Yorkshire 30953. We returned to the bus station and we waited for a bus next #314 towards Holmfirth. A few minutes later we saw it was First West Yorkshire 37293 on a #314 to Holmfirth. We got on the bus and we flashed the Metro day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. We set off out of the bus station and we onto Market Street. We turned right onto High Street and forwards onto Ramsden Street. We turned right onto Peel Street. We turned left onto Princess Street and we forwards onto Alfred Street. We turned right onto the A62 and we turned left into the A616 and we ran through Lockwood. We ran through Taylor Hill and Berry Brow into Honley. We continued through Brockholes to Thongsbridge and up New Mill. We turned right onto the A635 and we ran over into New Mill. We ran through Wooldale. We ran up the hill into Holmfirth. We ran inbto town and we turned right into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. We headed back into the bus station and Matthew used the toilet and We walked forwards onto Town Gate. We crossed over Victoria Street past old Lloyds Bank which had now closed down. We walked into the west End and we stopped at the bakery to pick up vanilla slice to eat later. We walked back along Victoria Street and forwards onto Town Gate. We went into the bus station and we waited for a bus back up to Huddersfield. A few minutes later we saw South Pennine Community Transport SJ70 HVP on a #351 to Glossop. A few minutes later we saw a bus come around the corner. As it got closer we saw it was First West Yorkshire 47493 on a #308 to Huddersfield. We got on the bus and we flashed the Metro day tickets to the driver before we sat down. The bus set off around the bus station onto the A635. We ran through Wooldale. We turned left onto Springwood Road. We ran into Thongsbridge along Miry Lane. We went out of the other side of Thongsbridge and turned left onto Huddersfield Road into Holmfirth. We ran through Netherthong and we under New Road we went left onto Town Gate went forwards Moor Lane into Wilshaw Moor. We turned right onto Knoll Lane and we ran down the hill to Honley. We turned right onto Oldfield Road. We turned left onto Long Lane and we ran down the hill to Honley Long. We ran up the hill and into Honley. We turned right onto Bradshaw Road and left onto Meltham Road and we turned left on Bradshaw Ave. We turned left onto Bradshaw Road and we turned right Meltham Road. We ran to the bottom of the hill and we turned right onto Westgate. We turned left onto the A6024. We ran to the end and we turned left onto the A616. We ran North through Berry Brow. We turned right onto Waingate and at the top of the hill we turned left onto Bridge Street. We ran forwards onto Newsome Road South and up into Newsome. We turned left onto Church Lane and we crossed the A500 and we ran forwards onto Lockwood Scar. We turned right into Cross Lane and we ran through Primrose Hill. We turned right onto Stile Common Road and left onto Newsome Road. We re-joined the road and we ran forwards onto King's Bridge Road. We turned left onto the Colne Road. We ran up the road and we turned right into the B6432. We joined Colne Road and we turned right onto the A616. As we travelled through Huddersfield. We turned left onto the A62. We turned right onto Westgate and we passed First West Yorkshire 69565 on a #372 to Almondbury. We turned right onto Henry Street and we entered the bus station and we got up and got off the bus and Matthew visited the toilet. First West Yorkshire 30953 was on layover. We had to make a decision as to which one of the buses we were going to do. I asked Matthew and we decided on 30953. We walked around to the exit of the bus station we saw First West Yorkshire 30950 on layover. So the swap was made and 30953 moved up a couple of stands so that the Volvo could be placed on the X63 to Bradford. The bus was now ready so We got on the bus and we flashed the Metro bus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off out of the bus station onto Market Street and we turned right onto Castlegate. We veered left onto the A641 and we headed Northwards out of town Sheepridge and Fixby. We ran through Toothill. As we travelled through Brighouse and we headed into Bailiff Bridge. We ran through Wyke and we continued up to Low Moor. We crossed over Odsal we continued North through Bankfoot. We ran up to Bradford and we turned right onto Croft Street and we turned left onto Nelson Street and we entered the Interchange where we got up and got off the bus. We saw First West Yorkshire 32077 on layover. We crossed over at the crossing and we headed to the toilet. We waited for a bus towards Bramley. A few minutes later we saw Transdev Keighley 2763 on a #67 to Keighley. As it got closer we saw it was First West Yorkshire 35214 on a #72 to Leeds. We got on the bus and we flashed the Metro day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. We set off out of the Interchange onto Bridge Street we saw First West Yorkshire 37713 on a #72 to Bradford. We turned right onto the A6181 and we ran down through Barkerend and into Laisterdyke. We continued down through to Thornbury and we ran down through Pudsey. We ran alongside the B6157 and to Stanningley. We travelled up Bramley. We got up and got off the bus and we headed into Morrisons. We decided to got to the toilet in the garage around the corner. Matthew used the facilities and then we brought Matthew brough a some of small bottles of Coke, a double Milky Way and a Drumstick lolly. We went to the till and paid for the good before loading up the trip bag. We set off on foot to Centre. We walked onto A657. We decided he wanted to walk Centre and wait for the next #14 towards Leeds. We walked up the street and we sat in the stone bus shelter on Rutland Square. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. A short time later we saw First Potteries 35618 on a #14 to Leeds. We got on the bus and we booked to flashed the Metro bus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off along Stocks Hill onto Lower Town Street. We turned right onto Waterloo Lane and right onto Raynville Road. We turned left onto Outgang Lane and right onto Raynville Road. We turned right onto Armley Ridge Road and and we ran up towards Kirkstall and we ran through Armley Ridge. We turned left onto Armley Ridge Road end and we turned left onto the A647. We ran up the hill and into Armley. We turned left onto Armley Road. After running the hill through New Wortley. We ran onto the A58. At Leeds we turned right onto Westgate. We ran forwards onto The Headrow where we got up and got off the bus. We set off on foot across the car park and onto The Headrow and forwards onto Eastgate. We turned right onto the A61 and we walked up Dyer Street and into the bus station. We saw demonstrator BV21 OOW on a #36 to Harrogate. This bus is currently on loan to Transdev Harrogate. Afterwards we went to the facilities and Matthew used the toilet. we waited for a bus next #6 towards Headingley. A few minutes later we saw it was First Potteries 35293 on a #6 to Holt Park. We got on the bus and we flashed the Metro bus day ticket to the driver for the final time today before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off out of the bus station onto the A61. We turned left onto Eastgate and forwards onto The Headrow. We turned right onto Albion Street and forwards onto Woodhouse Lane. We ran forwards onto Woodhouse and we ran down the hill into Hyde Park. We ran forwards onto the A660 and headed through Headingley and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we walked up We past the old Elinor Lupton Centre is now a new Wetherspoons. Later on we returned to Fenton by car. We set off onto A660 We travelled South through Woodhouse. We continued to Blenheims and down into Leeds and we saw First West Yorkshire 35280 on a #6 to Holt Park. We rsn forwards onto the A64 and we joined the Southbound A61. We went past the bus station. We carried on down to the M621. We joined the Westbound M62 and we ran Westwards to the M60 through the roadworks and back onto the M62. We left the M62 to go onto the Southbound M6. At junction 16 we left the M6 and went South down the A500 and we turned left onto City Road. We ran up the hill into Fenton and we turned right onto Smithpool Road, We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to his roon to watch TV and chill out. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses. For tea Matthew had a chicken burger from kfc. He also had some fries and a cup of Coke. Once Matthew had finished his breakfast he chilled out in his room until it was time to go to the day centre. We saw Lucky Seven BX10 CPZ.


Lucky Seven BX10 CPZ in Fenton
Matthew used his computer and watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 67152 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67152 in Fenton
When it was time to go to uncle Dave's we went downstairs and we got in the car set off onto onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Smithpool Road and we turned right onto Whieldon Road and we dropped uncle Dave. Having adjusted uncle Dave's calender. A couple of hours later staff came to escort Matthew back home by car. We got in the car and we set off onto Whieldon Road and we turned onto Smithpool Road. We turned right onto Temple Street past the new building under construction, which is now getting near to completion. We continued 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, 5 April 2021

Trip to Wolstanton / Alsager 05-04-2021
















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161Blurton, Ladybank GroveHanley BS23D&G Bus
63096Hanley BSAlsager, Bank Corner3First Potteries
63096Alsager, Shady GroveHanley BS3First Potteries
63099Hanley BSStoke, adj stop Q25First 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. Whilst waiting to go out he watched buses out of the window. In the morning Matthew out on the bus. We went downstairs and We got in the car and 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. We went through the traffic lights and forwards onto Blurton Road. As we travelled through Blurton we passed Lucky Seven GF18 CSV. We continued through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Street and right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home When we got home Matthew had toast and a small bottle of Coke. We ran along Beaconsfield Drive. We turned left onto Church Road and at the roundabout we turned left onto Blurton Road and we passed D&G Bus 146 on a #23 to Blurton. We joined the Westbound A50. At Sideway we joined the Northbound A500. We continued Northwards and we turned left onto Adsa. After parking up we went in the supermarket. Matthew used the toilets and afterwards we went around and did the shopping. When we had finished we decided to go have dinner. We decided to go to Britannia Cafe in Longton. We set of out of the retail park and we joined the Southbound A500. As we ran through Stoke. We came off the A500 at City Road we saw First Potteries 63034 on a #22 to Newcastle. We ran up City Road. We ran past KFC and forwards onto King Street. As we approached Longton. We ran up Market Street past the old Woolworths store which people hope will be a Primark. We continued onto and we followed the one-way system onto Commerce Street and right onto The Strand. We stopped outside the Britannia cafe and we picked up some food. We brought Matthew bacon & cheese oatcakes and a can of Dr Pepper. 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. 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. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room. For dinner Matthew had a bacon and cheese oatcakes washed down with a can of Dr Pepper. Matthew chilled out in hs room whilst getting ready. Once we were ready we went downstairs and out of the residential unit. We got in the car and 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. We went through the traffic lights and forwards onto Blurton Road. As we travelled through Blurton. We continued through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Street and right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 13:00. When we got home Matthew had ttoast and a small bottle of dandelion & burdock. Today we were catching the 13:41 to Hanley. We set off around 13:51 on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Finstock Avenue. We waited for the bus to appear and a few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. The bus appeared and it was D&G Bus 161 on a #23 to Hanley.


D&G 161 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto Beaconsfield Drive. We ran to the end we turned left onto Church Road. We ran to Critchlow's Corner and we veered left onto Blurton Road running through Blurton. We crossed the A50 and at Heron Cross lights we went forwards onto Heron Street. We followed the road around onto Station Bridge Road. We turned left at Christchurch Street. We turned left onto 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 and 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 before we turned right onto John Street and we saw First Potteries 63101 on a #11 to Newcastle. Once in the bus station we got up and got off the bus. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63096 on a #3 to Crewe. We got on the bus bus and we booked to Alsager before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and onto John Street. We turned right onto Bethesda Street and we went straight across onto Marsh Street. We turned right up onto trinity Street and then left onto Stafford Street. After picking up more passenger outside of Debenhams we followed the road around to the left and then back onto marsh Street. At the roundabout we went straight on onto Waterloo Road and we ran up the hill into Cobridge. We continued into Buslem and through the traffic lights onto Scotia Road. We went past the old Burslem PMT garage and we followed the road around to the left onto Williamson Street. At the corner we turned right onto Tunstall High Street and we continued North onto the A50. We ran through Goldenhill and down the bank into Kidsgrove. We ran under the railway line into Cheshire and we crossed over the A34. We continued into Church Lawton and then into Alsager where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we crossed over the road and we went to Asda. In the shop Matthew brought a bottle of Coke. We then walked to the bus stop to catch a bus back towards Hanley. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching and it was one of the two red and yellow Scanias. As it got closer we saw that it was First Potteries 63096 on a #3 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off along the B5077 and forwards onto the A50. we ran through Church Lawton and we crossed over the A34 and under the railway line before we ran into Kidsgrove. We ran up the hill into Goldenhill and then forwards into Tunstall. We ran down the High Street. We continued down the High Street an we turned left onto Williamson Street. At the roundabout we turned right onto Scotia Road and past the the old bus garage before running up the hill into Burslem Town centre. We ran through the light onto Waterloo Road and up the hill into Cobridge. We ran down the hill towards Hanley and then up into town along Hope Street and Stafford Street. We turned right at the end past the town hall and onto Bagnall Street before entering the bus station. In the bus station. A short time later we saw First Potteries 63099 on a #25 to Keele. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before we sat down. We set off out of the bus station onto john Street and left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down through Shelton along Regent Road and College Road. We passed the railway station and we continued forwards onto the A52. We followed the road to the right under the railway line. We crossed over the A500. entering Stoke town centre. 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. Later on we saw Afford Rent-A-Car WM70 DHM in their garage.


Afford Rent-a-car WM70 DHM in Fenton
For tea Matthew had plazz and chips followed by a butterfly cake. Matthew used his computer and watched buses out of the window. We saw silver minibus HX19 ???.


Shelton Care Group HX19 FFX in Fenton
We went downstairs 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 to pick up some food. Once we had the food we set off onto Victoria Road. we ran to the top of the hill and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went upstairs and Matthew chilled out in his room. He also ate Ice Cream Cone with Flake and a cup of Coke. Later on Matthew had a bath and had toast for supper. Matthew went on his computer until bedtime around 23:00... Mark

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Trip to Newcastle / Biddulph 03-04-2021
















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67155Fenton, adj Royal OakStoke, Adj stop Q23First Potteries
69172Stoke, adj stop PNewcastle BS11First Potteries
63116Newcastle BSTunstall, adj stop B99First Potteries
44511Tunstall, adj stop BNewcastle BS99First Potteries
31782Newcastle BSHanley BS4First Potteries
63178Hanley BSBiddulph BS7AFirst Potteries
27Biddulph BSHanley BS9D&G Bus


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also to do a local trip. 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 silver minibus DK07 TYV.


DK07 TYV in Fenton
He spent time in the living room and we saw Temple Street church minibus RX18 GZW.


Temple Street church RX18 GZW in Fenton
Whilst in his room we saw D&G Bus 115 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 115 in Fenton
Later on we went downstairs and we set off onto Temple Street. In the distance we saw Temple Street church minibus RX18 GZW. We carried on along Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We waited for a bus towards Stoke. After a short wait we saw First Potteries 67155 on a #23 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we Knot Day ticket under the scanner before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road. down under the railway line and into Stoke. We got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we walked along Church Street and we visited the Stoke Cafe. Matthew went to the toilet and I ordered the food. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. When we had finished we set off onto Church Street and we walked up to the Newcastle bus stop. A few minutes later we saw a D&G bus approaching. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 69172 on a #11 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we flashed the Smart Day ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Church Street and forwards onto Hartshill Road. We ran the mile or so up to Hartshill and to the top of Newcastle. We descended down George Street into Newcastle and we turned left at the roundabout onto Barracks Road. We turned into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we headed down towards the bottom end of the bus station and we saw Arriva Midlands 3699 on a #164 to Market Drayton. As we contemplated doing a bus to Tunstall. A short time later we saw First Potteries 63116 on a #99 to Chell Heath. We got on the bus and we flashed the Knot Day ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto Barracks Road. We crossed the Jubilee roundabout onto the A527 and headed through Wolstanton. We turned right onto Porthill Bank and we we went down the hill and over the A500. We went through Middleport and at Trubshaw Cross we went left onto Brownhills Road. We joined Tunstall High Street and at the top of the Road we got up and got off the bus. We went to Tunstall Cafe and Matthew used the toilet. Afterwards he had a can of Coke. When we had finished we crossed the road and we waited for a bus back to Newcastle. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 31782 on a #3A to Talke. A short time later we saw the bus approaching. As expected it was First Potteries 44511 on a #99 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we flashed the Smart Day Ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down the High Street and we ran down onto Brownhills Road. We went past the school were there was an unidentified red single decker parked up. We continued down to Trubshaw Cross and as we approached the roundabout. We tiniued down int Longport and over the A500 and up Porthill Bank. We turned left at the roundabout and we ran through Wolstanton and May Bank into Newcastle. We crossed the Jubilee roundabout and we ran down Barracks Road and into New castle bus station. We got off the bus and we headed down to the bottom of the bus station. We considered doing required First Potteries 63116 on a #25, but we decided against it. We went down to the bottom of the bus station whilst we decided what to do next. We then saw First Potteries 32053 on a #99 to Chell Heath. A few minutes later we saw a double decker approaching... It was dud First Potteries 31782 on a #4 to Hanley. We decided to do this bus as it was going to Hanley. We got on the bus and we flashed the Knot Day ticket to the driver before we went and sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station onto Barracks Road. We crossed the roundabout onto the A53 and we ran up and over into Etruria. We crossed the A500 and and we headed up to Festival Park. We left the A53 onto Forge Lane. We came back towards the A53 along Festival Way. We crossed under the A53 and we ran up Etruria Road and into Hanley. We continued onto trinity Street before turning right into Stafford Street. Past the town hall and Radio Stoke. We entered the bus station off Bagnall Street. Once off the bus Matthew went to the toilet. Once Matthew had been to the facilities we headed towards John Street car park to take a few bus pictures. On the way up there we saw First Potteries 63174 on a #3 to Crewe. We went up the stairs and unusually the car park was busy. We saw First Potteries 63177 on a #7A to Biddulph. A short time later we headed back to the bus station and we visited the Spar shop. Matthew had a can of Coke and a bottle of Irn Bru as well as a couple of chocolate bars. We headed down to the stand to wait for the next #7A to Biddulph. Whilst we waited Matthew ate a Flake. 20 minutes later the bus appeared. It was First Potteries 63178 on a #7A to Biddulph. We got on the bus and we flashed the Knot ticket to the under the scanner before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus waited for time before setting off out of the bus station. We went down John Street and onto Bethesda Street before we went across onto Marsh Street and then we turned right into Trinity Street. We turned left into Stafford Street and we continued forwards to Quadrant Road and we left Hanley along Town Road. We travelled through Sneyd Green and over Smallthorne roundabouts to Chell. At the roundabout we turned right and we ran down the A527 through Brindley Ford. We turned left to run through Brown Lees. We crossed over the A527 at Knypersley and we ran around through the housing estates of Biddulph before running into town via St John's Road, Colliers Way and up Wharf Road to the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we used the toilet and turned the corner onto the High Street. We walked down to the kebab shop and we ordered some food. We picked up a couple of portions of fries and a can of Vimto and we returned onto Wharf Road. We returned to the benches to eat the fries. It was at this point we realised there was an hour long gap in the #7A service. About 30 minutes int the wait we saw D&G Bus 37 on a #94 to Newcastle. Matthew didn't want to do this bus. A minute or so later we saw D&G Bus 27 arrive to work the next #9 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we placed our Knot Day ticket under the scanner before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the High Street and we turned left at the roundabout onto St John's Road. We ran around the estate and we crossed over the A527 and we ran down through Brindley Ford into Fegg Hayes. We turned left onto Oxford Road and we ran forwards into Chell Heath. We passed Matthew's old school site which is going to be a new sheltered housing site. We ran through Bradeley to the traffic lights. We turned right and we ran up the hill through Smallthorne. At the top of the hill we turned left onto the A5272 and into Hanley. We ran into town along Town Road and we crossed over the ring road. We turned right onto Quadrant Road and we went under the Intu Potteries shopping centre. We ran forwards onto Stafford Street and we passed the town hall. We ran along Bagnall Street and into the bus station. Once off the bus Matthew visited the toilet. After using the facilities we headed out of the bus station and we crossed over Lichfield Street onto Birch Terrac. We set off onto Lichfield Street and over the ring road. We ran down to Joiners Square and we went over the roundabout onto Victoria Road. Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the roundabout we turned sharp right onto City Road and left onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and we went to his room and chilled out. We went upstairs and Matthew had a can of Irn Bru. For a late tea Matthew had a chicken burger from kfc. He also had some fries and a cup of Coke. 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.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Trip to Bagnall / Newcastle 02-04-2021
















BusFromToServiceOperator



63178Blurton, Magdalen RoadLongton TI22First Potteries
63117Longton, stop CNewcastle BS11First Potteries
69151Newcastle BSNewcastle, Cherry Tree22First 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 and Good Friday. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw white minibus BF62 UTX going towards Longton. In the morning Matthew went to Bagnall. We went downstairs and we got in a car. We set off onto Temple Street. we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road and we ran along Manor Street. We ran down the hill through Fenton and at joiners Square we turned right onto the A52. We continued to Bucknall and we ran forwards onto the A5009 and we went under the railway line into Abbey Hulton. We turned left onto Mill Rise Road and we stopped at the Co-operative food store. We brought we went in and we brought some carrots. Once we had finished shopping we set off onto Mill Rise Road and we went across the traffic lights onto Bagnall Road. We turned left onto School Road and into Bagnall. We stopped at the other side of town and we visited a farm. Matthew to the toilet and afterwards he looked at the animals. He saw chickens, pigs and a horse. Matthew fed the horse some carrots. Once he had finished at the farm we set off onto School Road. We turned right onto Bagnall Road and into Milton. We turned left onto the A5009 and after turning around we parked up near to Milton traffic lights. We brought sausage chips and gravy from the chip shop and we returned to the car. We set off Northbound up the A5009 and we turned left onto Mill Ride Road and we crossed over the canal. We continued onto Maunders Road and we crossed over the old railway line. We turned right onto Newford Crescent and left onto the A53. We passed under the A5272. we headed through Sneyd Green. We turned along onto the A53 to Cobridge and we ran past the site of the new Wrights Pies which appears to being built. We continued down towards Festival Park and we crossed the roundabout as the flyover was still under repair. We continued up to Etruria. We turned left onto the Soutbound A500 and we ran through Shelton and Stoke. We came off the A500 and we turned left onto City Road. We ran up the hill into Fenton and we turned right onto Smithpool Road, We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to his roon to watch TV and chill out. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses. For tea Matthew had sausage, chips and gravy followed a couple of slices of chocolate cake. Matthew also had a bottle of Coke. In the afternon Matthew had a nap. He woke up and used his computer whilst he waited for me to pick him up to return to Blurton. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 67157 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67157 in Fenton
Matthwe went into the living room and we saw Temple Street Church RX18 GZW.


Temple Street Church RX18 GZW in Fenton
After getting ready we went downstairs and we got in the car and we drove onto Temple Street where we saw Afford Rent-a-car minibus HN16 CMY adjacent to the building site of the new shetered housing complex. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and right onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and into Heron Cross. We went through the traffic lights and forwards onto Blurton Road. As we travelled through Blurton we passed First Potteries 69151 on a #22 to Longton. We continued through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Street and right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 15:00. When we got home Matthew had toast and a small bottle of Coke. 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 we saw First Potteries 69151 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 69151 in Blurton
A few minutes later we saw a bus come around the corner. As it got closer we saw it was First Potteries 63178 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 63178 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Longton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Magdalen Road. We turned right onto Finstock Avenue and left onto Beaconsfield Drive. ran through the estate to the other end. We turned left onto Church Road and at the the roundabout we turned left onto Blurton Road. We ran to the bottom of the hill and we turned right onto Longton Hall Road. We ran up the hill and we ran forwards onto Heathcote Street. We turned left onto the high level A50 and at the roundabout we turned right onto Baths Road. We ran past Tesco before turning right into Longton Interchange. Once off the bus Once off we walked onto The Strand and we walked to the bus stop. We waited for a bus towards Newcastle. A short time later we saw First Potteries 63117 on a #11 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. we bus set off down The Strand and we ran under the railway line onto King Street. We ran through Foley into Fenton and forwards onto City Road past the new petrol station and coffee shop. We crossed over City Road and on the way we saw Afford rent-a-car YS21 JVR parked up in there depot. 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 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. We got in the bus station and there was already a bus we could catch in the bus station. We saw First Potteries 69151 on a #22 to Longton. We got on the bus and we booked to The Cherry Tree before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station onto Barracks Road. We ran Southwards onto the A34 and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we headed up the hill towards Grandma's. At Grandma's Matthew had toast and a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. He also had a slice of birthday cake. When it was time to go we went to the residential unit for a Valentines Day party. We set off just after 17:45 and we set off onto Victoria Street. We turned left onto Legge Street and left onto Occupation Street. We turned right onto Parkstone Avenue and we turned left onto The Avenue. At the end we turned right onto Hartshill Road. 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 onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went upstairs to his 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.