Ten years ago I found myself commuting from Stockport to Stoke-on-Trent. It took about an hour (45 minutes on a good day). Sometimes there would be an accident or something on the M6, but I wasn’t the only commuter and so we’d huddle in the pub until it cleared.
I don’t think you could do that today. Traffic volumes have grown so much you’d have to spend every evening in the pub.
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