Well it takes the same time then, VERY ROUGHLY.(Original post by Cyborgasm)
Stoke to Birmingham ~ 30 miles
Stoke to Stafford ~ 15 miles
All on main railway line, as is Manchester to the north, Stoke about in the middle between Manchester/Birmingham if wanting the odd big city night out. Although many actually go the other way as it is often less traumatic than big city nightlife.