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If you want to take the train, you can change at Preston, Wigan or Warrington, of course. Plenty people would drive - it's 3.5 to 4 hours. A check search suggests there's only a couple of direct coaches a day.

Can we take this pair of cities as representative? Is the public transport provision on the route disguised through being shared with Manchester? Are they simply at a distance which favours car travel?

Clearly it's true that for a business with regular need to travel across the UK, basing yourself at one end of the distributed population brings additional costs, not least in time, over basing yourself more centrally.

by koksapir on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 07:16:29 AM EST
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