This is how you can get to the Christmas Markets in Manchester during the rail strike
The rail strike by Northern which means severe delays and cancellations on trains between Preston and Manchester on Saturdays will continue up until Christmas.
So if you want to head to the Christmas Markets in Manchester....how can you get there?
Taxi. You can get a taxi for four for around £68 each way. For the round trip it works out at £34 each.
Train. Forget Northern. Take a Virgin West Coast train to Crewe, then pick up the Manchester Virgin train from there. You'll pay around £38.
Drive. Not the best of options. You'll need to get into Manchester early to get a parking space in any of the major car parks...and be prepared to pay an arm and a leg. Between £21 and £28 for the day.
Alternatively, why not forego the Christmas markets in Manchester and head into Preston instead. Take the bus - cost is around £1.50, enjoy a pint or a glass of wine and a lunch in one of the many great venues in the city. And spend your money locally!