Friday, 28 April 2017

Trip to Fenton / Trent Vale 28-04-2017









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67649Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent vale, Opp Chubb Way22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew was also returning to Blurton for the weekend. 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 67152 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 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 Matthew watched a DVD. For dinner Matthew had sausage chips and gravy. In the afternoon Matthew went for a walk. We set off on foot onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and right again onto Masterson Street. We walked to the end and we turned right onto Christchurch Street again.Matthew went into the pub and then went to the toilet. He also had a glass of Coke. When it was time to go we set off along Christchurch Street and back to the day centre. At the day centre Matthew ate a slice of Cake. When it was time to go back back to the residential unit Matthew set off on foot onto Christchurch Street and left onto Temple Street. Mum was waiting at the residential unit. Matthew went to the room and we saw First Potteries 63100 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63100 in Fenton
Matthew got his batteries and bus pass and went down to the car. This was the first time that Matthew had been in the 'new' car. We set off onto Temple Street and on to Christchurch Street. At the end we turned right onto Station Bridge Road and we followed the road onto Heron Street. After crossing through the traffic lights we went over the A50 we saw Lightning Travel W2 DLT. We continued into Blurton along Blurton Road and forwards onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and left onto Finstock Avenue. We stopped at Finstock Avenue to pick up some supplies for next week. We returned to the car and and we ran Finstock Avenue. and we saw Z Carz LV52 TZY. Matthew got home around 15:20. Matthew had toast and a can of Fanta orange. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. As we hadn't seen any of the buses earlier we did not know what bus to expect. A few minutes later we saw the bus turn the corner and it was First Potteries 67649 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67649 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Trent Vale and we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we ran over the railway line into Trentham and we saw First Potteries 67638 on a #22 to Longton. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we ran up the hill and we entered Hanford. We turned right into Wilson Road and we passed First Potteries 67152 on #21A to Trentham Gardens. We turned left into Church Lane and we joined the A34 and we saw First Potteries 65034 on the #101 to Stafford. We then headed into Trent Vale and we turned right into Harpfields Road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67649 as it carried on towards the bus station.


First Potteries 67649 in Trent Vale
Once off the bus we walked back onto the A34 and we saw First Potteries 65041 on a #101 to Stafford.


First Potteries 65041 in Trent Vale
We continued along the A34 and we stopped outside the bus. We turned to see First Potteries 67603 on the final #22 turn to Longton.


First Potteries 67603 in Trent Vale
We sat outside the pub and we waited for a short while for mum to arrive. When mum arrived we went inside the pub. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included First Potteries 65042 on a #101 to Hanley. ABC Supreme KX13 DXL on a Southbound hospital shuttle and Stanton's of Stoke 3093 RU going Northwards. We also saw Premier Travel blue minibus LS58 EYB going Southwards. When it was time to go we got in the car to go pick up uncle Dave. We ran down the A34 and we got onto the Northbound A500. We went Eastwards along the A50 and we came off the A50 at Heron Cross and dropped down into Fenton to pick up uncle Dave where we saw white minibus DU64 RXA. Once we had picked him up we returned to Heron Cross and we crossed the A50. We ran along Blurton Road and right onto Church Road. We turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 18:15. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we composed a few e-mails and sorted a few things out. We then chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Trip to Fenton / Sneyd Green 26-04-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonSneyd GreenCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXSneyd GreenFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service.


First Potteries 63098 in Fenton


First Potteries 41499 in Fenton


Lucky Seven SJ05 MDZ in Fenton


D&G 112 in Fenton

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Trip to Fenton / Longton 25-04-2017
















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PE10 MJKFentonLongtonCharterZ Carz
PE10 MJKLongtonFentonCharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service.


Lucky Seven BX09 OFU in Fenton


Hunts of Alford 5611 FH in Fenton


Worcestershire County Council VK59 ZDN in Fenton


First Potteries 67152 in Fenton

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Trip to Hanley / Alsager 22-04-2017
















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67157Fenton, adj Travers CourtHanley BS23First Potteries
65729Hanley BSAlsager, Bank Corner (Stand B)3First Potteries
65026Alsager, Shady GroveHanley BS3First Potteries
67151Hanley BSFenton, Smithpool Road23First Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service.


First Potteries 63100 in Fenton


First Potteries 67157 in Fenton


First Potteries 65729 in Hanley bus station


First Potteries 65026 in Alsager


First Potteries 67151 in Hanley bus station

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Trip to Fenton / Hanley 19-04-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonHanleyCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXHanleyFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in residential 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 and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw First Potteries 67156 on a #23 to Hanley. At 09:00 we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went to Hanley on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


First Potteries 67155 in Fenton


D&G 184 in Fenton


D&G 137 in Fenton

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Trip to Fenton / Stoke 18-04-2017
















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67157Fenton, adj Travers CourtStoke, adj stop P23First Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential 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 67154 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67154 in Fenton
Around 09:00 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 Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had a ham sandwich. In the after noon Matthew went for a walk. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned right onto Masterson Street. We stopped at the minimarket and we picked up a bottle of Coke. Once we had finished shopping we walked back up Masterson Street and onto Christchurch Street and back to the day centre. For the rest of the afternoon Matthew watched a DVD. when in was time to return to the residential unit we set off on foot onto Christchurch Street and onto Temple Street. Back at the house Mathew had some toast and then chilled out in his room on his computer. We saw Free Spirits MV05 YMM going towards Longton.


Free Spirits MV05 YMM in Fenton
For tea Matthew had chicken and chips followed by toffee yoghurt. Later on Matthew went to Stoke on the bus. We set off on foot onto City Road and we walked down to the stop by Travers Court. The bus appear and it was First Potteries 67157 on a #23 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Stoke before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off down City Road and we ran forwards onto the A52 were we saw First Potteries 53830 on #11 to Hanley. We ran under the railway line and we went over the A500. We ran into Stoke along Church Street and we got up and got off the bus. We then walked down the road to The Wheatsheaf. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Highlights of the bus sightings included Roseville BP08 KJN & First Potteries 67158 on a #11 to Newcastle. We then walked back up to Fenton. We set off along Church Street and we saw Z Carz HK57 LFY. We crossed over the A500 onto City Road and we went under the railway line and up the hill. Back at the residential Matthew went up to his room and chilled out. Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. Matthew went to bed around 23:00... Mark.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Trip to Lichfield / Burton upon Trent 15-04-2017




















































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53Lichfield BSBurton upon Trent, Adj High StreetX12Midland Classic
31Burton upon Trent, New Street (Stand 6)Winshill, St Marks Church3Midland Classic
114Winshill, Bladon StreetBurton upon Trent, New Street (Stand 4)3Midland Classic
8Burton upon Trent, New Street (Stand 2)Horninglow, Horninglow Road North2Midland Classic
8Horninglow, Horninglow Road NorthBurton upon Trent, New Street (Stand 8)2Midland Classic
57Burton upon Trent, New Street (Stand 3)Uttoxeter BS401Midland Classic


Today we decided to re-visit Lichfield. We had checked the weather for today and it was for mainly dry sunny weather with some showers, with more chance of rain in the North West. We were also trying to avoid the bank holiday weekend traffic. We gave Matthew a list of destinations from North West and Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Lichfield. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange for breakfast. We set off around 12:00 and we ran through Blurton along Beaconsfield Drive. We turned left onto Church Road and left again onto Blurton Road. We stopped at the shop to drop something off and also for Matthew to have an Easter Egg off mum's friend... Whilst we were stopped we saw First Potteries 67159 on a #23A to Newstead. We then continued on our way back up Blurton Road and right onto Church Road. At the ens we turned right onto the A5035. As we ran towards Trentham we caught up with First Potteries 53208 on a #22 to Newcastle. We also saw First Potteries 42554 on a #21A to Hanley. At the roundabout we turned left onto the Southbound A34. As we travelled down towards Stone we saw First Potteries 65037 on a #101 to Hanley. We continued South just to the West of Stone and then we went Eastwards along the A51. The road through Colwich and past Rugeley was unusually quiet and we didn't see a single bus coming the other way. I was beginning to think that maybe there was a Sunday service in these here parts... We continued into town and we followed the A51 Southwards and then left onto Birmingham Road. We stopped in the car park at the rear of the chip shop and we picked up dinner. Whilst in the chip shop we saw Middleton's coach YJ06 LGC going towards Tamworth and also Arriva Midlands 2368 on a #60 to Cannock. Once we go the food we carried on along Birmingham road and we parked at the car park at the rear of the bus station whilst we ate our food. Matthew had sausage chips and gravy with a bap. Once we had finished eat we said goodbye to mum and we went to the toilet. Whilst at that end of the bus station we saw required Midland Classic 5 on a #821 Lichfield town service.


Midland Classic 5 in Lichfield bus station
We decided to have a wander around before we caught something. We saw Midland Classic 83 on a X12 to Burton upon Trent.


Midland Classic 83 in Lichfield bus station
We had seen a coach parked up at the other end of the bus station when we arrived. Closer inspection revealed it to be National Holiday coach NH13 BWH.


National Holidays NH13 BWH in Lichfield bus station
We decided sit for a while at the western end of the bus station whilst we decided which buses to do next. We saw required Central Buses Solo 151 arrive on what was to form the next #35B to Walsall. We decided to go for a bit of a wander back to the other end of the bus station and we saw required Arriva Midlands 2745.


Arriva Midlands 2745 in Lichfield bus station
We sat up by the stop for the #35B as we think Matthew was eying up doing the Solo towards Walsall. Whilst there we saw required Midland Classic 3 on a #822 Lichfield town circular service.


Midland Classic 3 in Lichfield bus station
The time was coming close to departure for Central Buses 151. Just when we thought we might be doing that Midland Classic double decker 53 appeared on the X12 service to Burton upon Trent.


Midland Classic 53 in Lichfield bus station
Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service we saw dud Arriva Midlands 2372 on a #60 to Cannock.


Arriva Midlands 2372 in Lichfield bus station
People started to board the X12 so we queued up to get on the bus. Once on the bus we purchased a daysaver plus ticket at £4.90 before we went upstairs and sat down. The bus set off onto Birmingham Road and we continued North-Eastwards up the A5127 out of town. We past over the railway line near to Lichfield Trent valley station and we continued a bit further before joining onto the A38. We then had a very spirited run Northwards up the A38. We cams off the A38 just South of Burton onto the A5121 and then we turned right onto the B5018 and we ran through Branston into the centre of Burton. We turned left onto the A5189 and then right onto Uxbridge Street. We turned right onto New Street and we got up to get off the bus. We left the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Midland Classic 53.


Inside Midland Classic 53
Once we got off the bus we walked up New street towards the market hall so that Matthew could use the toilet. At the side of the Octagon Shopping Centre we saw Midland Classic 58 running out of service.


Midland Classic 58 in Burton upon Trent
We crossed over the High Street and we walked through the shopping arcade towards the Market. In the square to the left there appeared to be some kind of event going on, and there was also a bouncy castle. We went into the market and Matthew used the toilet before we returned onto the High Street. On the High Street we saw Arriva Midlands 3768 about to work a X38 service to Derby.


Arriva Midlands 3768 in Burton upon Trent
We returned onto new Street and as we got there we saw dud Midland Classic double decker 42 about to work a #19 service to Ashby-de-la-Zouch.


Midland Classic 42 in Burton upon Trent
Down the other end of New Street we could see another bus on stand. When we got closer we saw that it was required Midland Classic Solo 31 about to work a #3 service to Winshill.


Midland Classic 31 in Burton upon Trent
We decided to do this bus on the proviso that Matthew behaved himself and didn't try to honk the horn! We got on the bus and we flashed the Daysaver Plus ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back if the bus. We set off up New Street and we turned left onto High Street. We ran onto the one way system and we joined the Eastbound A511. After we crossed the River Trent We turned left onto Newton Road and almost immediately onto bearwood Hill Road. We ran uo the hill through Winshill and we turned right onto Hawfield Lane. We turned right onto Vancouver Drive and at the end we turned right onto Melbourne Avenue. At the roundabout we turned left onto Empire Road.At the end we turned left and re-joined Hawfield Lane. At the end of Hawfield Lane we turned left onto Church Hill Street and we spotted the C-operative food store that we had seen on the way to the estate, so we decided to get up and get off the bus. Once we had got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Midland Classic 31 before it returned to Burton where this bus was finishing.


Midland Classic 31 in Winshill
Once we got off the we wandered down the road to the Co-operative Food store to stock up on supplies. In the shop Matthew picked up a couple of small toffee cheesecakes and a chocolate bars as well as a can of Coke and an orange Calypo. Once we had paid for the stuff we walked down Hawfield Lane to the stop we could catch the return service. We worked out that we weren't at the loop end so crossed back over to the first stop we looked at and Matthew ate his orange Calypo. We saw the bus heading into the estate and it was Midland Classic 114. A few minutes later after it had been around the loop it appeared from round the corner and Matthew took a photo of Midland Classic 114 on the #3 to Horninglow.


Midland Classic 114 in Winshill
We got on the bus and we flashed the Daysave plus ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Hawfield Lane and we turned left onto Church Hill Street. We ran down the hill and we turned left onto Newton Road before we turned right onto the A511. We crossed over the River Trent and then we turned left onto the High Street.We ran into town and we turned right into New Street. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Midland Classic 114 before we got off the bus.


Inside Midland Classic 114
Once we got off the bus we had a look around to see what we could do. New Street was empty when we got there, but we saw a couple of buses on layover around the corner at the side of the Octagon Shopping Centre. At the front of the queue was required Midland Classic 32 and behind that was dud Midland Classic 55.


Midland Classic 55 in Burton upon Trent
We walked back around the corner and there seemed to be a bit of a gap in some of the services at this time. There was a #2 at 16:07 which we thought would be a good option. Staying on the bus should in theory get us back 5 minutes before the next X12 to Lichfield. Across the road we saw Midland Classic 106 on a #3 to Winshill.


Midland Classic 106 in Burton upon Trent
A few minutes before the bus was due Matthew wanted to go around the corner to see another bus on layover. Closer inspection revealed it was Arriva Midlands 3800 on a #29 to Coalville


Arriva Midlands 3800 in Burton upon Trent
We came back around the corner to see required Midland Classic 8 arrive on the #2 to Horninglow.


Midland Classic 8 in Burton upon Trent
We got on the bus and we flashed the Daysave Plus ticket to the driver before we sat down. We set off down New Street and we turned right into Union Street. There was a bit of a delay and the bus started to lose time. We turned left onto Station Street and we went past the railway station before we got onto the one-way system. We turned right onto Waterloo Street and we continued forwards onto the other half of Waterloo Street beyond the one-way system. At the end we continued onto Victoria Crescent and at the end of the road we turned left onto the A511. We ran under the A38 and we turned right onto Harper Avenue. The bus stopped and I flashed the ticket again to the driver for the return journey. We turned left onto St John's Road and right onto St Luke's Road At the end we turned left onto St Mary's drive and then we turned left onto Rolleston Road. At the end we re-joined the A511 and we ran back towards town. We dipped under the A38 and over the canal and we turned right into Victoria crescent. We went straight across onto Waterloo Street and then we turned left onto the one-way system. We joined the A5121 before turning left to go past the railway station. Further up Station Street we turned left onto Union Street. We then turned left onto New Street. In theory we had two minutes to spare and we should have just got off the bus and crossed the road... However, the stand where we should have stopped already had two buses there so we went straight past to the next stop. By the time we got back the X12 was just pulling off. Next to it was Trent Barton single decker 659 on one of The Villager services to Derby.


Trent Barton 659 in Burton upon Trent
We crossed the road whilst we considered what to do next. There wasn't a bus towards Lichfield for over an hour, and it would be gone 18:00 by the time we got back to the car. Just as we thought about what else we could do we saw required Midland Classic 57 on a #401 service to Uttoxeter.


Midland Classic 57 in Burton upon Trent
We got on the bus and we flashed the Daysaver Plus ticket to the driver for what turned out to be the last time today before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Midland Classic 57.


Inside Midland Classic 57
We set off along New Street an we turned right into Union Street. We worked out we could get to Tutbury for another bus back, or we could do as we decided to do and called mum to get her to meet us at Uttoxeter. Mum agreed to pick us so we continued to the end. We turned left onto Station Street and we ran onto the one-way system. Like we had done before we ran up Waterloo Street to the end, but on this service we turned left onto Dallow Street. We ran under the A38 and up to the hospital. We turned at the turning circle on the end of Belvedere Road and then we turn left onto Calais Road. We ran to the end and we turned left onto the A511. We ran past the pub at beam Hill and we ran at high speed for a couple of miles to the edge of Tutbury. We turned left onto Burton Road and we ran down into the centre of Tutbury. At the main junction we turned left onto Ludgate Street and we ran through the housing estate onto Belmont Road. We turned left onto Redhill Lane and ran past Tutbury Castle before we returned onto Duke Street and turned left onto the High Street where we passed dud Midland Classic 111 on the #401 to Burton upon Trent. We ran down the High Street on Bridge Street and we re-joined the A511 for the run into Hatton. We crossed over the railway line and we ran through Hatton village. At the end of the road by The Salt Box Cafe we followed the road to the left and we ran down for another couple of miles to the A50. We ran fast down to the next roundabout until we turned left onto the A515 and then right into Sudbury. We ran through Sudbury and past the stops where we used to swap over when we did the #1 for the X50 back in the day! We then ran past the village of Doveridge before we re-joined the A50. We ran down to the A518 roundabout and we continued to the retail park. We ran past the stop outside Tesco and up to the roundabout by the railway station. We did a u-turn and we went past a new Waitrose supermarket before running back into town up Bridge Street and Church Street. We turned left onto the A522 and we entered Uttoxeter bus station. Once we got to the bus station we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Midland Classic 57 before it returned empty back to Burton.


Midland Classic 57 in Uttoxeter bus station
Once we got off the bus we spotted Midland Classic 88 on the return #401 service to Burton.


Midland Classic 88 in Uttoxeter bus station
We walked through the bus station and we walked around the corner to the car park where mum was waiting with Greggs sausage rolls and a bottle of Irn Bru for Matthew. We set off out of the car park onto Church Street and we turned left onto the A522. As we passed the bus station we saw Trent Barton 737 on a Swift service to Derby. We followed the road out of Uttoxeter and we passed minibus DX07 OAV. We joined the A50 and we ran West passing Swiftsure YN14 PLV & Acklams E14 ACK. We came off the A50 and we went to Z Carz to see what buses were parked up at the depot this evening. In the front row was Z Carz minibus DL03 HHU.


Z Carz DL03 HHU in Longton
Also in the front row was Z Carz Volkswagen minibus OV05 WSW.


Z Carz OV05 WSW in Longton
Next to the Volkswagen was Z Carz minibus Ford minibus NA06 SUO.


Z Carz NA06 SUO in Longton
Closest vehicle in the front row was Z Carz Ford minibus MJ03 DPU from the airport division.


Z Carz MJ03 DPU in Longton
Nearest vehicle in the second row was Z Carz LDV minibus CN57 HWA.


Z Carz CN57 HWA in Longton
We turned left into Willow row to see what was parked up in the compound this evening. We saw Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LFY.


Z Carz HK57 LFY in Longton
We also saw Z Carz ford minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
We turned around and we also saw Z Carz minibus BN03 OVS which is currently off the road. We rejoined the A50 and we ran West to Heron Cross where came of the A50 and onto Blurton Road. We ran through Blurton and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home around 18:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a toffee cheesecake. We then chilled out on the computer until bedtime around 00:00... Mark.