Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Trip to Hanley / Birches Head 16-01-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonYMCA HanleyCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXYMCA HanleyFentonCharterShelton Care Group
SM12 HGXFentonBirches HeadCharterLucky Seven


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


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton


First Potteries 67655 in Fenton
When it was time to go we went to the day centre it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We got on the bus and sat down. We ran onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. We continued to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had a ham sandwich followed by Bakewell Tart. In the afternoon Matthew went to the YMCA on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. we set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we went sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we went straight across onto Lichfield Street. We turned left onto Regent Road and left again onto Harding Road and to our destination. In the YMCA Matthew played football with his peers. After Matthew had finished we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Harding Road


D&G 115 in Fenton


Harry Shaw YR16 BLX in Fenton


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB in Fenton


Harry Shaw YN15 ELW in Fenton


First Potteries 63098 in Fenton


Harry Shaw YR16 BLZ in Fenton


Harry Shaw NH05 CDH in Fenton


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton


SB66 FZW in Fenton


D&G 119 in Fenton


Harry Shaw YN15 EKT in Fenton


Stanton's of Stoke TPY 245 in Fenton


Lucky Seven SM12 HGX in Fenton

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Trip to Newcastle / Hanley 14-01-2018
















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63173Fenton, adj Travers CourtNewcastle BS11First Potteries
66964Newcastle BSHanley BS25First Potteries
65732Hanley BSNewcastle BS25First Potteries
63098Newcastle BSFenton, Smithpool Road11First 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 we saw First Potteries 63179 on a #11 to Hanley. Later on Matthew went out for a short while on the buses. We set off onto City Road and we saw D&G Bus 107 on a #23A to Hanley. bus appeared and it was First Potteries 63173 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63173 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down City Road and we ran down the hill over the old railway line to Leek and onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and over the A500 and straight into Stoke town centre along Church Street. 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. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63101 go onto the #72 to Clayton. After a short while First Potteries 66964 appeared on the #25 to Hanley.


First Potteries 66964 in Newcastle bus station
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 turned left at the roundabout onto the A34 and we ran South as far as the hospital where we turned left. We came out of the hospital and turned left onto Hilton Road. We ran into Hartshill and we turned right onto the A52. We ran down the hill into Stoke town centre and along Church Street. After a brief stop we continued along the A52, over the A500 and under the railway line. We followed the A52 to the left and we ran alongside the railway and onto Station Road. We passed the railway station and we turned right onto College Road. We ran up the hill through Shelton and we followed the road to the right onto Cleveland Road and Regent Road. We turned left onto Lower Bethesda Street and we crossed over the ring road, continuing onto Bethesda Street. We turned right onto John Street and Lidice way. When we got to the bus station we got up and got off the bus and Matthew used the toilet.


First Potteries 65037 in Hanley bus station


Selwyns FJ13 EBC in Hanley bus station


First Potteries 63179 in Hanley bus station


First Potteries 65732 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus bus and we booked to Newcastle before We sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus loaded quickly and departed almost immediately. We set off out of the bus station and we ran down John Street onto Bethesda street where we crossed over the ring road. We ran down through Shelton along Cauldon Road and we turned left onto Station Road outside the railway station. We went forwards onto A52 and we followed the road around to the right and under the railway line. We crossed over the A500 ans we ran into Stoke centre along Church Street. We went out of the other side of Stoke and up Hartshill Road into Hartshill. We turned left into The Avenue and we ran down to Hilton Road and we turned right into the hospital. We ran through the hospital and we turned right onto the A34. We ran up to Newcastle and forwards onto Barracks Road at the rounsabout. We came into the bus station from the South and we got up and got off the bus.


D&G 44 in Newcastle bus station


First Potteries 63098 in Newcastle bus station


First Potteries 67636 in Newcastle bus station


First Potteries 67647 in Newcastle bus station


First Potteries 63098 in Newcastle bus station
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. the bus waiting to depart, we saw required First Potteries 41498 on a #4 to Hanley. We set off onto Barracks Road and we ran up to the Jubilee roundabout. We ran onto the A53 and around the one-way system onto the A52. We ran up George Street into Hartshill and we ran down the hill into Stoke town centre. After a brief stop we continued along Church Street out of Stoke and over the A500. We ran under the railway line and we continued onto City Road. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Trip to Market Drayton / Nantwich 13-01-2018
















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YS09 LWVMarket DraytonNantwichCharterZ Carz
GK02 NWJNantwichFentonCharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going out for a trip on the bus to Market Drayton. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange for breakfast. Matthew chilled out in his room for a while whilst waiting to go out.


D&G 119 in Fenton


D&G 113 in Fenton


First Potteries 67159 in Fenton
For dinner Matthew went out to Market Drayton. Transport arrived an it was Stanton's of Stoke minibus NSU 531. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Station Bridge Road we saw First Potteries 67154 on a #23A to Hanley. We continued onto Heron Street and through Heron Cross onto Blurton Road. We went through Blurton and forwards onto Church Road before turning right onto the A5035. We crossed over the railway line into Trentham. At the roundabout we turned right onto the Northbound A34. We turned left onto Whitmore Road and at the traffic lights we went forwards over the A519 onto the A5182. We ran for a few miles and at the end we turned left onto the A53. We travelled through Whitmore and Baldwin's Gate and we crossed over the A51 by The Swan With Two Necks. We continued Sooth Westwards through Loggerhead and we went around market Drayton on the by-pass. At the next roundabout we came to the pub. In the pub Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew had an all day breakfast followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When it was time to go back Matthew got on board Z Carz YS09 LWV. We set off

Friday, 12 January 2018

Trip to Joiners Square / Congleton 12-01-2018
















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DX17 PXZFentonJoiners SquareCharterRoseville
YJ62 RCOFentonCongletonCharterZ Carz
YJ62 RCOCongletonFentonCharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Rosso is now part of the Transdev family today. You'll probably know Transdev as the people who run buses in other parts of Lancashire including the town’s buses in Blackburn and Burnley, and those on the Witchway, Red Express and Mainline. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Outside the residential unit was Shelton care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street and into the day centre. At the day centre In the morning Matthew did some baking. Matthew made some sponge cake. For dinner he had sausage chips and gravy from the chips shop. After dinner we went to the pub. Today we went to the pub in an Roseville DX17 PXZ. We set off onto Glebedale Road and forwards onto Fountain Street. We followed the road around onto William Street and we turned left onto Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road and we headed down to joiners Square roundabout. At the roundabout we went straight onto Lichfield Street and we reached our destination. At the pub Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke. highlights of the bus sightings First Potteries 63174 on #6A to Blythe Bridge. and Stanton's of Stoke BV16 PBO and Derbyshire CC welfare bus YF13 XVT. When it was time to returned to Fenton we travelled back in a car. We set off onto Palmerston Street and we turned right onto the A52. At joiners square we continued straight along the A52 towards the railway station. We veered left and ran along side the railway line and at the end we turned left onto City Road we saw First Potteries 37156 on a #11 to Newcastle. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to use his computer


DK66 in Fenton


D&G 119 in Fenton


FJ11 RMU in Fenton
Later on we went to Congleton and we saw it was Z Carz YJ62 RCO. We got on the bus and we set off onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and then left onto City Road. We ran down the hill and forwards onto the A52 and under the railway line. We turned right onto the Northbound A500 and we ran up through Etruria and Longport to talke. We came of the A500 onto the A34 and we ran Northwards up to Talke Pits. We continued onto the A5011 and forwards onto the A50. We ran past the Stanways Coaches depot and we turned right onto Church Lane. At the end we turned left onto the A34 and we ran to the edge of Congleton. We turned left onto Padgbury Lane and we stopped at the pub. Matthew had a chicken burger and fries with a glass of Coke. He also had chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished we returned to Fenton on Z Carz YJ62 RCO. We set off onto Padgbury lane and we joined the Southbound A34. We ran South for a few mile past Kidsgrove and Talke Pits and we followed the road to the left and down to Talke where we joined the Southbound A500. We ran South through Longport and Eruria and we came off the A500 at Stoke. We went along the A52 under the railway line and forwards onto City Road up into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road and left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Trip to Alton Towers / Hanley 10-01-2018
















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OV58 YJEHanleyFentonCharterIntercity


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going out on the bus to Alton Towers later as well as visiting uncle Dave. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Outside the residential unit was Shelton care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went to Alton Towers it was Intercity OV58 YJE. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We ran forwards onto King Street and through Foley and into Longton. We continued onto Market street and we turned left onto Anchor Road. We turned right onto Sutherland Road and then we turned left onto Weston Coyney Road. at the end of the road we turned left onto the A520. We ran up the fast section of the road and into Cellarhead before turning right onto the A52. We ran up to Kingsley Moor and we followed the A52 to the left into Kingsley village. We turned left and we ran along Holt Lane. We turned left onto the B5417 and we ran through Oakamoor. We turned right onto below lane and we ran the last mile or so to Alton Towers. Matthew used the toilet. He had a glass of Coke. After spending time around the park doing stuff the park was closed so we walked around the grounds around the lake For dinner Matthew had egg sandwiches followed by a Bakewell tart.. we returned to the minibus. We set off along Wootton lane and we ran back to the B5417. We ran Westwards to Cheadle. We went onto the A521 and we ran Northwards up to Kingsley Moor. We continued onto the A52 and we ran up to Cellarhead. We went straight through the traffic lights and we ran through Werrington onto Ash Bank. We continued down the hill to Bucknall and we ran up the hill into Hanley. We parked up and we walked onto parliament Row and we stopped at the Pound baker to pick up sausage rolls. After we had finished there we walked down the alleyway next to Waterstones and we turned left onto Tontine street. We stopped at Subway for cup of pepsi max. Once we had finished there we returned to Intercity OV58 YJE for the journey back to Fenton. We set off onto Lichfield street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We turned right onto the A52 and we ran towards Stoke railway station. We verrred left onto the A52 and we ran alongside the railway line. We turned left onto City Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left into Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to his room to chill out and use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw Harry Shaws KOV 2 going towards Stoke.


KOV 2 in Fenton
We also saw Harry Shaws YN15 EKU going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaws YN15 EKU in Fenton
A short time later we saw First Potteries 67151 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67151 in Fenton
We also saw white minibus SJ57 BHK going towards Longton.


SJ57 BHK in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw D&G Bus 114 on a #1A to Park Site.


D&G 114 in Fenton
Finally we saw First Potteries 63173 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63173 in Fenton
Matthew went for a walk to Aldi to get some shopping. We set off onto City Road and we saw First Potteries 53041 on a #23 to Newstead.


First Potteries 53041 in Fenton
We crossed over and onto Manor Street. At the end of manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road As we walked towards the shop we saw Copeland Tours MIB 978 going towards Longton.


Copeland Tours MIB 978 in Fenton
We carried on down the hill to Aldi. Matthew brought his shopping and then we got a Autocabs taxi back to the residential unit. We set off onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill. We turned right onto Manor Street and right onto City Road. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and right onto Masterson Street. and right onto Masterson Street. and right Temple Street. and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out and use his computer. Later on Matthew went to uncle Daves in a car. We set off along Temple Street and left onto Smithpool Road we saw First Potteries 67154 on a #23A to Hanley. The people taking Matthew to uncle Dave's got a bit lost and turned right onto Wheildon Road. Matthew directed them to uncle Dave's house. For tea Matthew had chicken potatoes and carrots. later on he had a drink of Tango 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. A couple of hours later staff came to escort Matthew back home. We set off onto Whieldon Road and we turned onto Willowdale Avenue. We crossed the spare ground and we turned left onto Smithpool Road. We turned right 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.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Trip to Congleton / Smallthorne 09-01-2018
















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DG10 VMOFentonSmallthorneCharterZ Carz
DG10 VMOSmallthorneFentonCharterZ Carz


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


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. Across the road we saw First Potteries 63175 on a #11 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we set off onto Temple Street. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and then left onto City Road. We ran down the hill and forwards onto the A52 and under the railway line. We turned right onto the Northbound A500 and we ran up through Etruria and Longport to Talke. We came of the A500 onto the A34 and we ran Northwards up to Talke Pits. We cintinued onto the A5011 and forwards onto the A50. We ran past the Stanways Coaches depot and we turned right onto Church Lane. At the end we turned left onto the A34 and we ran to the edge of Congleton. We turned left onto Padgbury Lane and we stopped at the pub. Matthew had a chicken burger and fries with a glass of Coke. He also had chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Padgbury lane and we joined the Southbound A34. We ran South for a few mile past Kidsgrove and Talke Pits and we followed the road to the left and down to Talke where we joined the Southbound A500. We ran South through Longport and Eruria and we came off the A500 at Stoke. We went along the A52 under the railway line and forwards onto City Road 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 to chill out and use his computer. We also looked out of the window we saw Autocabs DX08 NND going towards Stoke.


Autocabs DX08 NND in Fenton
Later on we went out for tea at the Moorland Inn in Z Carz DG10 VMO. We set off onto Temple Street and left onto Christchurch Street we saw Stanton's of Stoke KN61 EYG. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill to the A52. We went Eastwards towards the railway station and we carried on towards Joiners Square. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran anti-clockwise around the ring road we saw First Potteries 67640 on a #7A to Hanley. We came off onto Town Road and we ran into Birches Head and onto the Northbound A5272. We ran through Sneyd Green up to Smallthorne and we turned left onto Moorland Road and we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew had a BBQ chicken burger followed by a chocolate fudge cake with ice cream. Once we had finished we returned to Fenton. We set off onto the A5272 and we ran southwards to the edge of Hanley. We ran clockwise around the ring road and we turned left onto Lichfield Street. We ran down to Joiners square and we went right onto the A52. We ran into 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 up to his room to chill out on his computer and watch buses. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Trip to Widnes / Speke 06-01-2018

































































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5018Runcorn BSHalton Lea, opp Hospital79CArriva NW&W
3136Halton Lea, adj HospitalSpeke, Western AvenueX1Arriva NW&W
4813Speke, Tarbock RoadSpeke, Morrisons82Arriva NW&W
4563Speke, MorrisonsWoolton, Allerton Road81Arriva NW&W
4618Woolton, Kings DriveLiverpool John Lennon Airport89Arriva NW&W
5007Liverpool John Lennon AirportWidnes, Chesnut Lodge82AArriva NW&W


Today we decided to re-visit Widnes. We gave Matthew a list of places in the Midlands and North-West and from the list Matthew chose Widnes. We checked the weather for today and it was for cool dry weather turning colder later on. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:30 and we stopped outside the Co-operative Food store on Finstock Avenue so mum could post a parcel. Once she had completeed the task we continued up to Beaconsfield Drive. We turned left onto Church Road and we continued to the mini roundabout where we veered left onto Blurton Road. We ran down the hill past the petrol station and and we climbed up the other side into Heron Cross where we saw BX04 VKL at the Lightning house. At Heron Croiss we joined the Westbound A50 and we ran down the hill to Sideway where we turned right onto the Northbound A500. We made good time up to the M6 and we passed white minibus OU55 GFZ. We got on the M6 at junction 16 and today the motorway was relatively clear. As we travelled North we saw an unidentified Aston Manor Coaches coach, an unidentified white yellow & blue minibus, an unidentified Belle Vue coach, an unidentified Minsterley Motors coach, Grey Gull Inn EU54 TTE, Eavesway YJ12 CKA and an unidentified Aziz coach. As we left the M6 onto the Westbound M62 we were passed by Holmeswood VIP coach PO12 EOC. We travlled westwards for a few miles until we came off the M62 and went Southwards down the A557 to the edge of town. We turned right onto Ashley Way and and at the roundabout we went right onto Green Oaks Way. We parked up in the car park near to the market and bus station and we walked over to the market to have dinner. Matthew used the toilet and then we sat down and mum went to order the food. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a small bottle of Coke. When we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we walked out of the market to the bus station. It seemed very busy today and there were plenty of buses passing through. We saw dud Arriva NW&W 2532 on a #110 to Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 2532 in Widnes
We also saw Link Network MX12 CFU on a #110 to Warrington.


Link Network MX12 CFU in Widnes
On the opposite side of the road was required Halton Transport 27 on a #27 service to the town centre.


Halton Transport 27 in Widnes
A few minutes later we saw dud Arriva NW&W 5008 on a #110 to Warrington.


Arriva NW&W 5008 in Widnes
We considered doing Halton Transport 26 which was on the #27 to Weates Close. We queued up to get on but the people who we though were in the queue weren't so the bus pulled off. Whilst we considered our options we saw required Arriva NW&W 714 on a #17 to the town centre.


Arriva NW&W 714 in Widnes
A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 5007 on a #82A to Halton Lea which we decided to do.


Arriva NW&W 5007 in Widnes
We got on the bus and we brought Arriva NW&W Day Saver tickets at £5.50 each before sitting down towards the back of the bus. 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 required Arriva NW&W 5017 on a #79 to Hough Green. 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 Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 5007 as it continued towards Halton Lea.


Arriva NW&W 5007 in Runcorn bus station
We also saw required Arriva NW&W 709 on a #3A to Halton Lea.


Arriva NW&W 709 in Runcorn bus station
A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 5018 on a #79C to Murdishaw which we decided to catch.


Arriva NW&W 5018 in Runcorn bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver before sitting down towards the rear of the bus. We set off out of town along the B5155 and we followed the road to the right and over the canal. We went under the A533 towards the town hall and we turned right into Ivy Street and left into Langdale Road. We ran through Halton Lodge Norleane Crescent and Linkway. We ran clockwise around Grangeway and we joined the busway and we ran though Halton Lea North close to the library. We decided to go a bit further East to Hospital so continued along the busway for a further 1/2 mile or so. When we got to the hospital we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 5018 as it carried on towards Murdishaw.


Arriva NW&W 5018 in Halton Lea
Directly behind us was Arriva NW&W 5007 which had come a different route and had now caught back up with us. We crossed the road and we decided to walk up to the turning circle to get pictures as there were buses parked up there. We walked up the path and we saw Halton Transport 42 on a #62 to Halebank.


Halton Transport 42 in Halton Lea
Once we had looked at the buses at the turning circle we walked back to the Westbound side of the road. We deciced to do the next X1 towards Speke and we saw Arriva NW&W 5004 & 5015 on X30 services. We also saw Ashcroft's Solo YX04 KWJ turn the corner towards the shopping centre on the #52 Beechwood circular service. A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 3136 on the X1 to Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 3136 in Halton Lea
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver before sitting down towards the rear of the bus. We set off along the busway towards the Halton Lea shopping centre and we just beyond the shopping centre we stopped for a driver change. We ran through Castlefields and we turned right onto Tyrrell Way. We turned left onto Castlefields Avenue East and we joined the Westbound A558. We ran fast onto the A533 and we turned right over the canal onto Leiria Way and into Runcorn town centre. After stopping the bus station and then we headed back 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 3136 as it carried on towards Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 3136 in Speke
Once we had let the bus go we set off towards Western Avenue to catch a bus to either the Aiport or to Morrisons in Speke. As we walked back towards the road we saw Arriva NW&W 4820 on a #82 to Liverpool.


Arriva NW&W 4820 in Speke
We cut the corner along a path and we walked to the first bus stop on the Southbound side of the road. We didn't have to waiy for more than a couple of minutes when we saw an Arriva hybrid double decker coming around the corner off the A561. As it got closer we saw it was required Arriva NW&W 4813 on a #82 to Speke Morrisons.


Arriva NW&W 4813 in Speke
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W 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 to get off and Matthew took a picture inside the top deck of Arriva NW&W 4813.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4813
We got off the bus and we headed into Morrisons. Matthew visited the toilet and then we went into the shop. Matthew brough a cpolpe of small bottles of Coke, a double Milky Way and a Drumstick lolly. We paied for the things and we headed back outside to the small 3 stand bus terminal. We went outside and Arriva NW&W 4813 was still on layover.


Arriva NW&W 4813 in Speke
We saw Arriva NW&W 4563 arrive into the terminal. It went on layover before working the next #81 to Bootle.


Arriva NW&W 4563 in Speke
Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service we saw Arriva NW&W 4853 on the #80 to Liverpool and Arriva NW&W 4817 & 4824 on the #82 Liverpool. Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied Matthew ate his Drumstick Lolly. When the driver was ready we got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver. The downstairs saloon was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 4563.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4563
We went upstairs and Matthew got a picture of the upper saloon in Arriva NW&W 4563.


Inside Arriva NW&W 4563
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 and we saw HTL Buses YJ16 DYG on a #166 to Garston and YJ11 EKP on a #188 to Halewood. 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. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 4563 as it continued on towards Bootle.


Arriva NW&W 4563 in Woolton
We over the road and we walked over to the Southbound stop to wait for an airport bound service. We had a few minutes before the next #89 service so Matthew ate a bag of Milky Stars. A few minutes later as expected we saw a double decker approaching, As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva NW&W 4618 on a #89 to Liverpool Airport.


Arriva NW&W 4618 in Woolton
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off down Speke Road and we went past Hunts Cross railway station and over the A562. We continued along Woodend Avenue and we travlled around 1/3 of a mile before we crossed over the A561. We continued onto Western Avenue and we turned left onto Central Avenue and we ran anti-clockwise around the South Parade. We ran forwards onto Central Way and we turned right onto Eastern Avenue. We ran Southwards to Hale Road and we turned right to head towards the airport. We entered the airport through the 2 barriers and then we pulled on on the end stop and we got up and got off the bus. Once Matthew had taken a couple of pictures we headed into the airport terminal and Matthew used the toilet. We had around 20 minutes to wait for a #82A back to Widnes so Matthew had a double Milky Way and a can of Fanta orange whilst we waited. Whilst we waited for our bus we saw required Arriva NW&W 4477 on the #500 to Liverpool, required Arriva NW&W 4564 on a #86A to Liverpool and Selwyn's 265 on a #3A to Huyton. A few minutes later we saw a gas bus approaching and as it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 5007 rthat we had been on earlier in the day on a #82A to Halton Lea.


Arriva NW&W 5007 in Liverpool Airport
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the airport onto Speke Hall Avenue and we turned right onto Dunlop Road where we saw silver taxi minibus W11 RTU. We turned left onto Western Avenue and we saw taxi minibuses NX59 TTZ, MK15 KTT & BL56 UUR. We ran Northwards for a short distance and then we turned right onto Central Avenue. We ran anti-clockwise around South Parade and forwards onto Central Way. We turned right onto Eastern Avenue and we ran down to Hale Road. We headed Eastwards into Hale passing Arriva NW&W 2540 on a #82A to Liverpool Airport. We ran out of Hale along Town Lane and into Halebank. At the turning circle we saw Halton Transport 44 on a #62 to Halton Lea. We contin ued North up Hale Road and we crossed over the railway line and under the A672 that we flew over when we went towards Speke. We continued up to the B5178 and we continued East into Widnes town centre. We ran past the North end of the town and we turned right into the Green Oaks bus station. Matthew wanted to travel further towards Runcorn but as it was already dark and getting cold we persuaded him it wuld be in his best interest to call it a day at this point. Reluctantly Matthew got off the bus and took another picture of Arriva NW&W 5007 as it carried on towards Halton Lea.


Arriva NW&W 5007 in Widnes
Mum had moved the car to an adjacent space and was waiting with Greggs sausage rolls and a can of Irn Bru. We set off out of the car park onto the Northbound Green Oaks way and we did a u-turn at the roundabout so we could headec back to the A557. We got onto the Northbound A557 and we ran Northwards for around 3 miles up to the M62. We went Eastwards along the M62 and as we travelled towards the M6 we saw an unidentified Ashcroft's coach. We joined the Southbound M6 and as we travelled through the night we saw taxi minibus OU17 AUV and an unidentified Abbot Travel coach. At junction 16 we left the M6 to get onto the Southbound A500 which we did to Sideway. We got onto the Eastbound A50 and we climbed the hill we were passed by Ausden Clark white coach CNZ 1541. We stopped at Tesco to fill up with petrol where we saw grey taxi minibus SB66 FZW. When we were at the petrol station Matthew decided he needed the toilet. We drove as close as we could to the main shop and Matthew used the facilites. Once we had finished we walked back to the car and we saw Lucky Seven PO11 CGG. We drove back onto Baths Road and we saw Warrington's of Ilam SCZ 9652 which was returning from Coventry with fans from thr Stoke City FA Cup game. We headed over to the other side of the A50 to see what was on the spare ground Z Carz this evening. It was empty as expected so we turned left into Willow Row where we saw Z Carz minibus SFZ 7846.


Z Carz SFZ 7846 in Longton
We also saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We set off onto the Westbound A50 and we came off at Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and as we ran through Blurton we saw Roseville EX57 HKT. We continued onto Church Road and we turned right onto beaconsfield Drive where we saw Lucky Seven SM12 HGX. We got home around 19:00. For a late tea we had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortcake biscuit. Matthew chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 23:30. Mum went bed a little ealier as she had to go to work tomorrow... Mark