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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Trip to Wolverhampton / Walsall 18-03-2017


































































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4152Wolverhampton BSBilston, War Memorial (Stop BB)79NX West Midlands
2706Bilston InterchangeBloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BA)326Arriva Midlands
2118Bloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BD)Walsall St Pauls BS302NX West Midlands
4540Walsall St Pauls BSWolverhampton BS69NX West Midlands
3748Wolverhampton BSCompton, Martham Drive (W Bound)9Arriva Midlands
4797Compton, Compton SquareWolverhampton BS10AArriva Midlands
5402Wolverhampton BSWednesfield, Church Street(nwmjpawp)59NX West Midlands
4133Wednesfield, Church Street(nwmjpawt)Wolverhampton BS59NX West Midlands


Today we decided to re-visit Wolverhampton. It was going to be the last trip that we did with Matthew for nearly 2 weeks so we wanted to make it a special one. We showed Matthew the map of the Midlands and North West area and on the map Matthew chose Wolverhampton. We checked the weather for the area and it was for mainly dry weather with some sunshine and showers. Research for the trip consisted of going on the Network West Midlands website and downloading Wolverhampton area map. I think Matthew wanted to ride on a few more of the national Express West Midlands Y reg Dennis Trident double deckers. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:30 and we ran down to the A5035. We headed into Trentham and when we got to Trentham Gardens we turned right onto the A34. At the next set off lights we went left onto Whitmore Road and we ran up the hill to the A519. We turned right onto the A519 and then left at the roundabout onto the Southbound M6. As we ran South we passed a number of vehicles. We saw 4 unidentified Birmingham International coaches, an unidentified Aston Manor coach, an unidentified Wheelers coach as well as Park's of Hamilton (National Express) LSK 519 (#570) & an unidentified white Renault minibus. We came off the M6 at junction 12 and we went Eastwards to the Truckers Rest on the south side of the A5 just before Cannock, where we stopped for dinner. Matthew went to the toilet and mum ordered the food. Matthew had a breakfast which he washed down with a can of Coke. Once we had finished we got back in the car and we went West along the A5. At the lights we turned left onto Vicarage Road. We ran through the village of Four Ashes and then we turned left onto the A449. We ran South down the A449 for around 5 miles until we got to the edge of Wolverhampton and then we went onto the anti-clockwise ring road. We ran past the bus and railway stations and then we turned left onto Bilston Street. We turned right onto Pipers Row and then left into Castle Street where we stopped to get out of the car. We said goodbye to mum and we walked to the bus station whilst mum went to park the car somewhere. The first thing we saw when we entered the bus station was required National Express West Midlands Dennis Trident double decker 4152 about to work the next #79 to West Bromwich.


NX West Midlands 4152 in Wolverhampton bus station
We decided to do this bus so we waited for the crew to change over and the driver to ready the bus for service. We got on and we booked nBus day tickets at £4.30 each before we went upstairs. As we waited for the bus to depart I checked the football fixtures to see where West Brom were playing. West Brom were at home and in the early kick off against Arsenal so going to west Brom on the bus today was perhaps not the best option! We set off out of the bus station and onto Pipers Row. We stopped at the roundabout and we spotted that the bus in front of us was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 4152.


Inside NX West Midlands 4152
We ran onto the A41 and we ran South Eastwards for a mile or so. Before the road and the tram line separated we saw an old petrol station on the left which now appeared to be a a garage for a minibus company. In the yard we saw maroon minibuses RJ04 WNT & P238 OEV. We also saw an unidentified Thandi Coaches maroon coloured double decker tri-axle coach go across the road in front of us. The road and the tram line separated and we continued for around another mile or so into Bilston town centre. When we got to the stop by the war memorial we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of National Express West Midlands 4152 before it continued south to West Bromwich.


NX West Midlands 4152 in Bilston
Once off the bus bus we crossed over Lichfield Street and we walked Northwards towards the roundabout. We then walked along Hall Street towards the Interchange. We stopped at the bridge so Matthew could take a picture of the Birmingham bound tram below us. Once in the interchange we had a look around to see what we could catch. We saw required Arriva Midlands 2156 on layover and we also saw dud National Express West Midlands 4136 arrive on a #82 to Dudley. We also saw required Banga Travel V261 DRB on a #530 to Rocket Pool.


Banga Travel V261 DRB in Bilston interchange
A few minutes later we saw an Arriva Midlands bus come into the Interchange. It was dud Arriva Midlands 2706 which was about to work a #326 service to Bloxwich.


Arriva Midlands 2706 in Bilston interchange
We decided to do the bus so after the driver had readied it for service, we got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the Interchange and we turned left onto Hall Street and then turned left onto the A41. We turned right onto Mount Pleasant and right onto Beckett Street. We turned left onto Lunt Road which runs parallel to the Black Country Route for a short while and we swept North along Vulcan Road and Lunt Road on Darlston Lane. We Crossed Willenhall Road onto Moseley Road and we turned right onto Beccles Drive. We continued onto Dilloways Lane and we crossed the A454 before we entered Willenhall from the West. We decided to get off in Willenhall. We came into the town and we turned left onto Cheapside. We left Willenhall along Lower Lichfield Street and we ran North Eastwards onto Stringes Lane. We continued onto Charles Street and we turned left onto the A462. We travel through Shortheath and continued north up to New Invention. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A4124 and we ran under the M6 and travelled East for around a mile. We turned right onto Sneyd Hall Road and we ran around the housing estate along central Drive. We turned left onto the B4210 and at the traffic light we turned right onto the A4124 again. We continued to the A34 and we headed South into Bloxwich. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 2706.


Inside Arriva Midlands 2706
Once we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Arriva Midlands 2706 before it returned to Bilston on the next #326 service.


Arriva Midlands 2706 in Bloxwich
We walked down the High Street and we crossed over the road and visited the Martin's newsagents. Matthew had a can of Coke and a small bottle of Barr cola as well as a couple of chocolate bars. Once we had paid for the stuff we came out of the shop and i asked if Matthew want to walk onto Wolverhampton Road to catch a #89 or cross over to wait for something going towards Walsall. Matthew chose to go towards Walsall so we crossed back over the High Street and we walked towards the stop. On the way we saw Arriva Midlands 3308 on a #2 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3308 in Bloxwich
We stood at the stop and we waited for the next Walsall bound bus. A few minutes later we saw a National Express West Midlands single decker bus in the distance. As it got closer we saw that it was required National Express West Midlands 2118 on a #302 to Walsall.


NX West Midlands 2118 in Bloxwich
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down the High Street and we turned slight left onto the B4210 and we headed the 2 miles or so into Walsall. Coming the other way we passed Rotala Diamond 30854 on a #301 to Mossley and iGo KX08 OLB on a #25 service to Kingstanding. We crossed the ring road and we headed into the bus station down St Pauls Street. The bus pulled up on the end of one of the adjacent stands and we let the bus empty out before Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 2118.


Inside NX West Midlands 2118
Once we got off the bus we headed to the toilet and Matthew used the facilities. We then had a wander around to see what buses were about. We walked through the bus station and onto Hatherton Road where we saw Arriva Midlands 2704 on layover in between workings on the #35A to Lichfield.


Arriva Midlands 2704 in Walsall
We also saw Arriva Midlands 3307 whcih was about to work a #2 to Cannock. We walked back into the bus station and we spotted National Express West Midlands 4540 which was about to work a #69 service to Wolverhampton.


NX West Midlands 4540 in Walsall bus station
We decided to do this bus so we crossed over to the stand and we waited for the bus to be readied for service. We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We set off out off the bus station and we ran along St Pauls Street. At the roundabout we ran onto Green Lane and we crossed over the ring road. We ran North for around a 1/2 mile and then we turned left onto Stephenson Avenue. We entered the Reedswood retail Park and we stopped outside Sainsbury's before we returned back onto the main road. We ran North along Stephenson Avenue and around the Beechdale housing estate where we passed National Express West Midlands 4164 on a #70A to Walsall. We turned left onto Stephenson Square and we ran do to Eddison Road. At the end we turned right onto Cavendish Road and we ran past a pub where there were around 5 ABC Supreme minibuses parked up! We ran forwards onto Bentley lane and we crossed over the M6. We then ran through a woodland area and past Willenhall Cemetery before we entered Shortheath. We briefly joined the A462 before we turned right onto Bloxwich Road North. We ran North up to Pooles Lane and we turned left onto A4124. We passed through New invention and at the next roundabout we turned right onto the A462. We turned right onto Coppice Farm Way and we ran back Southwards towards the A4124. We noticed the bus in front of us was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 4540.


Inside NX West Midlands 4540
We continued West along the A4124 and then we turned right onto peacock Avenue up towards Ashmore. We turned left onto Grifiths Drive and we ran Southwards to a big roundabout. We turned right onto Linthouse lane and we went Westwards for another 1/2 mile. We crossed over a roundabout onto Lower Prestwood Road and forwards onto Prestwood Road West. After around another 1/2 mile we turned left into New Cross hospital and we ran through the grounds, turning right onto Wolverhampton Road. We were now back in familiar territory just to the West of Wednesfield town centre. We headed West and we turned right onto the A4124. We ran back into town along the dual carriageway and we crossed under the railway line. We crossed the ring road and we ran along the contraflow lane adjacent to the ring road that took us straight to the entrance of the bus station. Once in the bus station we got up and got off the bus. We considered what bus to do next. We walked up the centre of the bus station and at the top was Travel Express Dart Y864 TGH which was about to set off on a #32 service to Northwood park.


Travel Express Y864 TGH in Wolverhampton bus station
We decided not to do this bus and Matthew then wanted to use the toilet. Matthew used the facilities and then we spotted Arriva Midlands 3748 come into the bus station on a #9 service to Telford via Bridgenorth.


Arriva Midlands 3748 in Wolverhampton bus station
Matthew decided he wanted to do this bus so we walked down the Eastern side of the bus station to the stand on which it was stood. As we waited to get on I quickly whipped out my Wolverhampton bus map and looked which direct the bus went out of town. I saw it went through Compton and I had a vague recollection of catching a bus to their just before Christmas. We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus ticket to the driver, stating we were going as far as Compton. We then sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station and onto the ring road we came back inside the town along Broad Street and we turned right into princes square and left into Lichfield Street. We ran out of town stopping on Lichfield street and Darlington Street and we crossed the ring road onto Chapel Ash. We continued West along the A454 and road very quickly became rural. About 2 miles West of the ring road we came into village of Compton. At the main junction we turned left onto Bridgenorth Road. We decided to get up at this point which was lucky as we had gone to far to be of use. Once of the bus we walked the 200 or so yards back into the centre of the village and we crossed over the road to the stop. At this point there were 4 buses an hour, and there was one due in a few minutes. The bus came barrelling around the corner off the Holloway, and it was an Arriva Midlands double decker! As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 4797 on the #10A service to Wolverhampton.


Arriva Midlands 4797 in Compton
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. We ran back into town down the A454 and passed the Harley Davidson Shop on Chapel Ash. We crossed the ring road onto Salop Street and we ran forwards onto Cleveland Street. We turned left onto Garrick Street and we then turned right onto Bilston Street. We ran past the police station and onto the ring road and then enter the bus station. We let the bus empty and then Matthew took a picture inside the top deck of Arriva Midlands 4797.


Inside Arriva Midlands 4797
The plan was now to do a very quick out and back service that would only take 30-45 minutes. There wre a fewoptions around that we let go for one reason or another, that left us with a run up to Wednesfield with National Express West Midlands 5402.


NX West Midlands 5402 in Wolverhampton bus station
Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service we saw National Express West Midlands 6785 on a #126 to Birmingham via Dudley.


NX West Midlands 6785 in Wolverhampton bus station
Once the driver was ready we boarded National Express West Midlands 5402 and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 5402.


Inside NX West Midlands 5402
The bus set off out of the bus station and onto Pipers Row. We turned left into Tower street and right into Market Street before turning right again into Queen Street and back onto Pipers Row. We went past the Slade Rooms where we saw Crosslands coach NNZ 9019, tour bus of the LA Guns. We then joined the Northbound ring road for a few yards. We double back on ourselves before turning left into Wednesfield Way and going under the railway line. We carried on along a dual carriageway and we passed New Testement Church of God minibus V372 NGD & KY59 KXH. After about a 1000 yard we turned left onto Wolverhampton Road. We went past New Cross Hospital and forwards onto Rookery Street. Near to the Guru Nanak temple and Sainsbury's we veered left onto Wednesfield High Street and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of National Express West Midlands 5402 as it carried on towards Ashmore Park.


NX West Midlands 5402 in Wednesfield
We crossed the road and we sat on the bench by the bus stop opposite. Matthew then had a Crunchie and small bottle or barr cola whilst we waited for the next bus. with the #59 running every 8 minutes we knew we wouldn't have to wait too long. Sure enough within a few minutes another bus appeared and it was another Dennis Trident! As it got closer we saw that it was required National Express West Midlands 4133 on a #59 to Wolverhampton.


NX West Midlands 4133 in Wednesfield
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver for the final time today before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 4133.


Inside NX West Midlands 4133
We ran out of the High Street and forwards onto Rookery Street. We ran forwards onto Wolverhampton Road past New Cross hospital. We headed West and we turned right onto the A4124. We ran back into town along the dual carriageway and we crossed under the railway line. We crossed the ring road and we ran along the contraflow lane adjacent to the ring road that took us straight to the entrance of the bus station. Once in the bus station we got up and got off the bus. Mum had called to say she had moved the car onto Queen Street. Outside the bus station we saw Fastline Travel VDL coach YD14 GCK stopped on Pipers Row.


Fastline Travel YD14 GCK in Wolverhampton bus station
We spotted the car and we headed up towards it...Uncle Dave managed to walk into a post on the edge of the pavement and bang up his knee and jar his back! We got back to the car and mum was waiting with Greggs sausage rolls and a bottle of Irn Bru for Matthew. We set off along Queen Street and onto Pipers Row. We got onto the anti-clockwise ring road and we ran North to the A449. As we turned onto the A449 we saw Marshalls of Sutton coaches PM17 JAM & PM16 JAM. We then travelled North for around 5 miles up to the A5 where we turned right. As we ran East to the motorway we saw Travelmaster M400 STR. We joined the Northbound M6 and we ran up to junction 15. As we travelled North we passed an unidentified white VDL coach and Solus Travel W50 LUS. We got onto the Northbound A500 and we ran up to Sideway. At the A50 we went East to Longton where we came off and went to the Tesco petrol station. We topped up with diesel and then we crossed over the A50 to see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. On the first row we saw Z Carz Ford minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
Also in the first row was Z Carz Volkswagen minibus OV05 WSW.


Z Carz OV05 WSW in Longton
Next to the Volkswagen was Z Carz Ford minibus MJ03 DPU.


Z Carz MJ03 DPU in Longton
Closest bus in the front row was Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
On the second row was Z Carz Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY.


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton
We turned into Willow row to see what was parked up in the compound. In the yard we saw Z Carz Ford minibus LG09 JVX.


Z Carz LG09 JVX in Longton
We turned around and we headed back onto the A50. We went Westwards. At Heron Cross we came off the A50 before going onto Blurton Road. We ran through Blurton and right onto Church Road before we turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:00. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by jam filled shortbread biscuit. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until 00:00... Mark

Friday, 17 March 2017

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 17-03-2017
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUJoiner SquareFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67637Magdalen 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 got up around 08:00 and had a sausage on toast and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We set off onto Finstock Avenue and at the end we turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we saw Z Carz LV59 DZC. We turned left onto Church Road and we ran through Blurton along Blurton Road. After crossing over the A50 we went through the lights at Heron Cross onto Heron Street. We followed the road around onto Station Bridge Road and we went fowards onto Glebedale Road and to the day centre. In the morning Matthew did some baking. He made a large chocolate cake which he cover in chocolate icing and sugar stars. For dinner, Matthew went in a Lucky Seven taxi to Fenton McDonalds. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to McDonalds. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a burger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. After we had finished eating we got in another Intercity taxi to go to the pub. We set off down Victoria Road and we saw D&G Bus 42 on the Asda Free Bus. At the roundabout in Joiners Square we went forwards onto Lichfield Street and to the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Highlights of the bus sightings included First Potteries 63098 on a #6A to Hanley and welfare bus YF13 XVK. Matthew listened to the Jukebox with music by Steps and Eminem. When it was time to return to the day centre Matthew travelled back on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Palmerston Street and we turned right onto the A52. At the roundabout we turned left onto Victoria Road. At the top of Victoria Road we turned sharp right onto City Road and then left onto Glebedale Street and back to the day centre. When it was time to go home Matthew got on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we went to forwards onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went over the traffic lights. After crossing the A50 we ran through Blurton along Blurton Road and forwards onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and Matthew got home just before 15:00. Matthew took another picture of Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU before it returned to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
Matthew then had toast and glass of dandelion & burdock. 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. I had seen bus earlier and it was booked to be dud First Potteries 67637. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 67631 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67631 in Blurton
A few minutes later, as expected and on time we saw First Potteries 67637 turned the corner.


First Potteries 67637 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfield Road before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035. We ran over the railway line into Trentham where we saw First Potteries 67159 on a #21 to the Trentham Hotel. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we ran into Hanford. We turned right into Wilson Road and we saw First Potteries 67156 on the #21A to Trentham Gardens. We ran down Church Lane and we joined the A34. As we ran under the A500 into Trent Vale we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 278 and Free Spirits MK52 PXH going South. We then saw Stoke City Academy BL66 YRN. We also saw First Potteries 65035 on a #101 to Stafford and First Potteries 67641 on the final #22 turn to Longton. We turned right onto Harpfields Road where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another First Potteries 67637 before it carried on towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 67637 in Trent Vale
We then set off back onto the A34 where we saw blue minibus DP16 NNE. As as we got to the pub mum appeared and we went into 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 ABC Supreme KX14 EBZ on a Southbound Staff shuttle, D&G Bus 113 running out of service as well as First Potteries 65042 on a #101 to Stafford. 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. At Sideway we went East on the A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross where we saw First Potteries 42554 on a #23A to hanley. We then dropped down into Fenton to pick up uncle Dave. We then headed back up to Heron Cross and we crossed the A50 where we saw First Potteries 67151 on a #23 to Newstead. We ran along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road where we saw First Potteries 67631 on a #22 to Longton again. We turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 18:15. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we sorted a few things out. We then chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Trip to Fenton / Newcastle 14-03-2017
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
WJ12 NKXFenton ManorFentonCharterIntercity
DV10 JCUFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67642Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to Grandma's, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00. He got dressed and had a sausage sandwich and cherries & berries juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We set off onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way. At the end we joined the Eastbound A50 and we ran up to Heron Cross. At the roundabout we turned right and ran through the traffic lights onto Heron Street. We followed the road around onto Station Bridge Road and forwards onto Glebedale Road and to the day centre. In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had cheese oatcakes followed by a Bakewell Tart. In the afternoon Matthew went swimming. We set off on foot onto Christchurch Street and left onto Temple Street. We went to the end and turned right onto Smithpool Road. At the end we turned left onto City Road and we walked down the hill over the railway line to Leekbrook Junction. We turned right onto the private road on which the baths are situated. By the baths we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 278 on a school run. Matthew went swimming and then we waited for a taxi to go back to the day centre. The taxi turned up and it was Intercity minibus WJ12 NKX. We ran up the private road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran past the residential unit and we turned left into Glebedale and into the day centre. When it was time to go home we got back onto Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we went forwards onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we crossed over the traffic lights. We went over the roundabout onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton and we saw white minibus S753 JDD. We turned right onto Church Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Drive, getting back around 15:00. Once Matthew got in the house he had toast and glass of dandelion & burdock. 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. I had seen bus earlier and it was booked to be dud First Potteries 67642. As few minutes later, as expected and on time we saw First Potteries 67642 turned the corner.


First Potteries 67642 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle and we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we passed First Potteries 67633 on a #22 to Longton. We ran over the railway line into Trentham and We turned right into New Inn Lane. We ran up the hill and we entered Hanford where we saw First Potteries 67156 on a #21 to the Trentham Hotel. We turned right into Wilson Road and we turned left into Church Lane. We joined the A34 and we saw First Potteries 67153 on the #21A to Trentham Gardens. We then headed into Trent Vale and we turned right into Harpfields Road and we passing First Potteries 67601 on the final #22 turn. We continued onto Hilton Road. We turned left into the hospital and we saw silver minibus YH13 EXN, ABC Supreme NM07 OMC and First Potteries 32649 on a #25 to Hanley. We turned right onto the A34 and a couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67642 as it carried on towards the bus station.


First Potteries 67642 in Newcastle
We crossed over the A34 and we walked up the hill to Grandma's house. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. We said goodbye to Grandma around 18:20. We set off onto Occupation Street and we turned left onto Victoria Road. We turned right onto West Street and left onto Marsh Parade. We joined the A52 and we ran into Newcastle. After going around the one-way sytem we ran back up to the A52 and into Hartshill. We joined Shelton New Road and passed First Potteries 53209 running out of service. we turned left by Twyfords and we ran into Etruria. We went under the A53 before joining the eastbound carriageway. We climbed the hill up through Cobridge and onto Sandbach Road. We ran into Smallthorne via Sneyd Hill. We crossed the roundabouts and we ran down Ford Green Road. We turned left onto Fell Street and right onto Coseley Street where we dropped something off. we went forwards onto Duddell Road to drop something off. We then rejoined Chell Heath Road. We turned right onto Ford Green Road and we ran up the hill, passing First Potteries 42894 on a #8 service to Ball Green. We ran around Saturn Road, Mars Street and Jupiter Street and we stopped again. After dropping mum off as there was nowhere to park we did a cirle of Ford Green Road, Hanley Road. We turned left into Preston Street and right onto Cliffe Street. We ran forwards onto Jupiter Street and mum drove the car and I got in the passenger seat. We ran back up to Smallthorne Roundabout and we turned left onto High Lane. We had something to drop off in Sneyd Green, so we turned left onto Northam Road. We ran forwards onto Chorlton Road. We turned right onto Birches Head Road and forwards onto Town Road. We ran into Hanley and we turned left onto the clockwise ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran forwards onto Victoria Road. We stopped at McDonalds to pick up Matthews tea and then we continued along Victoria Road to the top. As we travelled back Matthew ate his McDonalds, which was a cheeseburger, fries and chicken nuggets. We turned right onto the A50 link road and then right onto the Westbound A50. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton. We turned right into Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:30. When we got back Matthew his Coke from McDonalds. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 23:00... Mark

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Trip to Kidderminster / Stourport-on-Severn 11-03-2017









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20500Kidderminster BSBewdley, Load Street(W Bound)2Rotala Diamond
YK05 CBYBewdley, Load Street(E Bound)Kidderminster BS291R&B Travel
20607Kidderminster BSStourport-on-Severn, York Street3Rotala Diamond
30922Stourport-on-Severn, High StreetKidderminster BS3Rotala Diamond
30932Kidderminster BSKidderminster, Comberton Hill192Rotala Diamond
20716Kidderminster, Lorne StreetKidderminster BS10Rotala Diamond


Today we decided to re-visit Kidderminster. We checked the weather for today and it was for a mild day with some sunshine and showers moving in from the North around tea time. As we decide to go somewhere South and we had been to the West Midlands a couple of weeks ago, I suggest we start at Kidderminster where we have previously visited or ended up, but we had never started the afternoon there. Research consisted of checking parking on Parkopedia and finding somewhere to eat on Google Maps. We also downloaded the Rotala Diamond Kidderminster bus map onto the phone. Matthew got up around 09:45 and had toast and cherries and berries juice. We set off around 11:45 and we went up Finstock Avenue to the post office so that mum could send a couple of parcels. After mum had finished we turned right onto Ripon Road. We turned right onto the A5035 and we noticed we were low on diesel. We spotted that the local BP garage was unusually cheap so we stopped there to put some fuel in the car. Whilst there we saw First Potteries 53828 on a #22 to Longton. We carried on along the A5035 and by Trentham Gardens we went North up the A34. At the next junction we turned left onto Whitmore Road. At the end we turned right onto the A519 before joining the Southbound M6. As we travelled South down the M6 we saw Park's of Hamilton (National Express) LSK 808 on a #570, New Adventure Travel YN16 ???, an unidentified Lawmans Coaches coach, An unidentified Barnes coach, Epsom Coaches (National Express) BX65 WDG, Shaw Hadwin (National Express) BX65 WCM on a #333. Stagecoach Megabus 53277 & an unidentified white/yellow/blue Mercedes minibus. At junction 8 of the M6 we veered left to get onto the M5. We travelled down to Junction 3 where we got onto the Westbound A456. As we travelled towards Kiddermister we caught up with Anthony's Travel coach RB16 ANT. We carried on into Kidderminster and we got onto the ring road. We went South for one junction and we turned right into town onto Green Street. We had decided that we were going to park behind the college on New Road and we saw a sign that said new road parking at the lights. We turned right and ended up in Aldi car park! There was another road through to New Road, so after a bit of investigation we carried on to New Road and onto the car park where we had intended to park. As we pulled up I put the handbrake on, and the brake cable snapped! Mum cursed me for breaking her car and I left my foot off the break and we started to roll. I thought we were going to have to move on what seem like a nearly level car park, but it turned out with the car in gear it was enough to keep it stationary... Phew! We walked to the toilet the end of the car park and Matthew used the facilities. We walked along New Road to the cafe on the corner appropriately name The Corner Cafe. In the cafe Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. When we had finished we said goodbye to mum and we walked across Corporation Street and over the river Stour. We walked alongside Tesco car park and up to Kidderminster bus station. When we got there we saw dud Woosh (Worcester County Council) BX61 VLP on it's regular #9 service to Caunsall.


Woosh BX61 VLP in Kidderminster bus station
The basic plan was to go to Bewdley and then do a service to Stourport. We walked around to opposite of the bus station and we found a spot where we could watch and photograph buses out of the way. Whilst we waited for the next #2 we saw required Ex First Worcester now Rotala Diamond 30935 go on layover in the middle of the bus station.


Rotala Diamond 30935 in Kidderminster bus station
Earlier in the day I had checked buses from Bewdley to Stourport, and there appeared to be a bus hourly at 50 minutes past the hour. I reckoned we could do the 14:10 #2 bus to Bewdley and make the Stourport bus with a few minutes to spare. Required Rotala Diamond 20500 came into the bus station around 14:05 and then went out of service and off down Corporation Street. It must have been to the depot and back, as around 14:20 it re-appeared back into the bus station.


Rotala Diamond 20500 in Kidderminster bus station
We got on the bus bus which was quite full, and we purchased Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets at £3.50 each before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and left onto Exchange Street. We continued round past the the Town Hall and we continued onto Oxford Street where we picked up more passengers. At the roundabout we turned left onto the A456 and then left onto Coventry Street. We stopped outside the Swan Centre and then bus was now full and standing! We followed the road around onto Blackwell Street and then we got back onto the Westbound A456. When we got to the hospital we Veered left onto Blakebrook. We ran through an housing estate along St Johns Avenue and Cantebury Road where we saw required Rotala Diamond 30931 on a #2 to Kidderminster. We turned left onto the B4190 and we turned right onto Timperley Lane we saw Mawley Oak Travel S66 CRF. We went forwards onto Queen's way and we turned right and re-joined the B4190, running into the East end of Bewdley. We went under the railway line and we crossed over the river into the town centre. Once we had crossed the river we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Rotala Diamond 20500 as it carried on towards Hales Park.


Rotala Diamond 20500 in Bewdley
We headed down to the river and we went under the road and came up on the other side. It was now around 14:52, but we hadn't passed a bus going the other way. We walked to the bus stopped and we checked the bus times... It turned out that there wasn't a 14:50 departure as the 13:50 was the last one, at least for a while. There was a #2 that we should have passed, and then a #291 to Kidderminster. Matthew decided he wanted to visit the toilet so we walked a few yards up to the passage. After Matthew had used the toilet we met back with uncle Dave who hadbeen watching for buses on the main road. Nothing had been past in the last few minutes. Back at the bus stop we saw required Central Buses 256 on a #125 service to Bridgenorth.


Central Buses 256 in Bewdley
A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching and it was required R&B Travel Solo YK05 CBY.


R&B Travel YK05 CBY in Bewdley
We got on the bus and we flashed the Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets to the driver. We also wrestled with matthew to prevent him from honking the horn before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Load Street and we crossed over the river Severn. We followed the B4190 around to the right and we went under the railway line and Eastwards out of town. At Catchems End we joined the A456 and we ran past the Safari Park and down the hill into town. We passed G R Mole Mercedes minibus FD53 UNV again like we did last time we came along this way. We passed the hospital and we ran into town onto the A456 ring road. We turned right into Coventry Street and right into Bromsgrove Street. We passed Kidderminster & District Youth Trust where there was a minibus parked up. We continued onto Prospect Hill and forwards onto New Road. We turned right onto Corporation Street and we ran up the hill into the bus station. Matthew didn't get a picture inside this bus as he was too busy trying to honk the horn. Despite our best efforts the two of us couldn't stop him... Whilst we decided where to go next we saw Rotala Diamond 30938 on a #25 to Stourbridge.


Rotala Diamond 30938 in Kidderminster bus station
We checked the timetable for the #3 to Arley Kings via Stourport-on-Severn, and it turned out to be quite a frequent service running every 15 minutes. We decided to wait for the next one of these. A few minutes later a Dart appeared and it was dud Rotala Diamond 20607 on a the #3 to Arley Kings.


Rotala Diamond 20607 in Kidderminster bus station
we decided to do this bus anyway as it was the next bus to a new destination... We had been on this bus on a circle of Droitwich on the #19A service back in November 2016. We got on the bus and we flashed the Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. Weset off out of the bus station and onto Corporation Street and left onto Exchange Street. We continued round past the the Town Hall and we continued onto Oxford Street. At the roundabout we turned right onto the ring Road and we ran down to the Worcester Road Island. In the centre of the roundabout was the Rotala Diamond Kidderminster depot. With the numbers on the buses being small we weren't able to identify any of the bus as we passed the depot this time. There were quite a few withdrawn Darts with panels missing which relevant to the tale later on... We crossed over the roundabout and we continued South down the A451. We crossed over the Severn Valley Railway And we continued South to an industrial estate. We turned right into Walter nash Road East and we ran around a big loop through a housing estate. We continued on Walter Nash Road West and we re-appeared back on the A451 a few hundred yards down the road. We continued South past a Golf Course and a recycling centre and then we entered Stourport, passing Phillip's minibus VN54 KYX parked up at the side of the road. The town itself straddles the river Stour as it enters the Severn, and as the street are old and narrow most of the town is on a one way system. We turned left onto Gilgal and continued onto Mitton Street into a small square. We rejoined the A451 and we ran along the Stour before we turned right into York Street. We appeared to be in the centre so we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Rotala Diamond 20607 as it carried on towards Arley Kings.


Rotala Diamond 20607 in Stourport-on-Severn
When we got off the bus we had asked the driver where to catch the return service from. It was just around the corner on the High Street. We decided to walk along York Street to the High Street and we spotted a sign for the toilets, so we had to go there first. We walked down the hill towards the Severn and we turned right into Raven Street. At the end was a large car park and there was a toilet block in the distance. Matthew used the facilities and then we walked back to the High Street. It is quite a popular tourist destinations, and there is a funfair and lots of play facilities for young children. This was Matthew's first visit to Stourport, and it was only my second. I had been back in the 1980's when I stayed in a caravan nearby with a friend. Back on the High Street we went into a newsagents and Matthew had a can of Coke and a small bottle of cherry Coke as well as a couple of chocolate bars. We walked past York Street and to the rather posh ornate metal bus shelter just up the road. We had just missed Rotala Diamond 20607 returning on the #3. There was another bus due at 16:18 which was in less than 10 minutes time. Matthew sat in the bus stop and had a small bottle of Panda Pops Cola. A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required Rotala Diamond 30922 on the #3 to Kidderminster.


Rotala Diamond 30922 in Stourport-on-Severn
We got on the bus and we flashed the Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets to the driver. The rear of the bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Rotala Diamond 30922.


Inside Rotala Diamond 30922
We sat down towards the back of the bus and and the bus set off up the High Street. We turned right onto Mitton Street and then left onto the A451. We ran out of town past the recycling centre and golf course and then we turned left into Walter Nash Road West. We ran around the estate and we re-joined the A451 further North. After crossing over the railway line we got to the Worcester Road island and on this pass we were able to see withdrawn Rotala Diamond 30902 parked up in the depot. We turned left onto New Road and we ran past the old carpet mills and into the town centre. We turned left Into Corporation Street and into the bus station. Once we got off the bus we decided to catch something quite quickly. We spotted Rotala Diamond 30932 on a #192 to Halesowen.


Rotala Diamond 30932 in Kidderminster bus station
We decided to do this bus up the hill to the railway station as we wanted to do a quick out and back run. We walked around to the other side of the bus station and whilst we were there we saw required Arriva Midlands 2501 on the #297 service to Bridgenorth.


Arriva Midlands 2501 in Kidderminster bus station
The bus came onto stand and we got on it. After confirming the bus was going past the railway station we flashed the Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets to the driver before we sat down to the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and left onto Exchange Street. We continued round past the the Town Hall and we continued onto Oxford Street where we picked up more passengers. At the roundabout we went straight across onto the A448 and a few hundred yards up the hill we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Rotala Diamond 30932 as it carried on towards Halesowen.


Rotala Diamond 30932 in Kidderminster
Once of the bus we walked down to the crossing and we crossed over the road. We decoded to got to the railway station so that Matthew could use the toilet. Just as we got into the station we saw a train arrive. Mathew went to the toilet and then we walked onto the platform to take a few pictures of the heritage 5-car DMU set. When then went outside we met up with uncle Dave and we walked back onto the main road to wait for a bus back to the bus station. After around 5 minutes we saw a bus approaching... As it got closer we saw it was required Rotala Diamond 20716.


Rotala Diamond 20716 in Kidderminster
We got on the bus and we flashed the Kidderminster Connecta Day tickets to the driver for the final time today before we sat down to the back of the bus. We set off down the A448 and we ran forwards onto Green Street. We turned right onto Dixon Street and right onto New Road. At the roundabout we turned left onto Corporation Street and we ran into the bus station for the final time today. When we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Rotala Diamond 20716 before it went onto layover.


Rotala Diamond 20716 in Kidderminster bus station
Mum had moved the car to Tesco, so we sat in the bus station for a few minutes whilst she finished in the shop. We then we saw Rotala Diamond 30534 arrive on the #303 to Worcester.


Rotala Diamond 30534 in Kidderminster bus station
We saw mum driving the car so we went over to her in the car park. After validating the parking ticket we set off out of the car park into Corporation Street. We ran down to New Road and we followed the one way system out of town onto Oxford Street. At the roundabout we turned left onto the ring road and then right at the next roundabout onto the A456. As we left town it started to rain a little. We ran through West Hagley and Hagley. As we passed close to Halesowen we saw National Express West Midlands 6117 on a #9 to Halesowen. We joined the Northbound M5 and we saw an unidentified silver & blue midi coach. We joined the North bound M6 and as we travelled North we saw an unidentified Horseman Coach, an unidentified white Iveco minibus, an unidentified white (with painted over roller blind window) Mercedes minibus and an unidentified Barnes coach. At junction 15 we came off the M6 and went onto the A500. At Sideway we went Eastwards along the A50 and we came off at Longton. We stopped at Tesco petrol station and we filled up with diesel. The forecourt was flat and didn't cause us any problems. Once we had filled up we crossed over the A50 to see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. In the front row was Z Carz Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY.


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton
Also in the first row was Z Carz Ford minibus GL04 CVE.


Z Carz GL04 CVE in Longton
Another vehicle in the first row was Z Carz Volkswagen minibus OV05 WSW.


Z Carz OV05 WSW in Longton
Also in the first row was Z Carz Ford minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
Closest bus in the first row was Z Carz Ford minibus PY08 KDX.


Z Carz PY08 KDX in Longton
Closest bus in the second row was Z Carz Mercedes minibus CE02 LYX.


Z Carz CE02 LYX in Longton
We turned left into Willow Row to see what was parked up in the compound tonight. We saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
Parked on the road outside the depot was another Iveco minibus, Z Carz GK02 NWJ.


Z Carz GK02 NWJ in Longton
We turned around and we headed back onto the A50. We went Westwards. At Heron Cross we came off the A50 before going onto Blurton Road. We ran through Blurton and right onto Church Road before we turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:00. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by jam filled shortbread biscuit. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until 00:00... Mark