I'm looking for the fastest way to get to the Northwest of England (specifically Buckshaw Parkway, between Manchester and Preston) by train from Cambridge or surrounding areas.
I work on the science park by the A14 and plan to commute so that I work in Cambridge Mon AM through to Thur PM each week.
I do have a car and am not against using it to drive locally around Cambridgshire to get to different railway stations, but I don't want to drive the entire journey. I also have a few options of car pooling with colleagues to get to Waterbeach, Ely or Peterborough.
It seems most trains run south to north (i.e. to Yorkshire) or cross country to Birmingham unless I go via London. There does appear to be a handful of trains that run directly to Bradford and Halifax which might work (I could potentially get a lift at that end to my final destination), but they don't appear to stop at Peterborough, only Grantham or Doncaster.
Have I missed any obvious trains or routes? Your advice appreciated!