Linux 2001 Linux Developers' Conference
29 June - 1 July 2001,
Renold Building, UMIST, Manchester
The conference is to be held in the Renold Building Theatre-C9 at UMIST which is building number 7 on the campus map. The venue is easily accessible by rail, car or coach.
The full address of the venue is:
The Renold Building - Theatre C9
Manchester Conference Centre
Manchester is well served by rail services from around the UK. There is a map showing the UMIST campus in relation to the Manchester rail stations. The nearest station is Manchester Piccadilly.
More information on rail travel can be obtained by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or by using the online timetable produced by Railtrack. Bookings can be made at any rail station, by phone on 08457 225 225 or on the web. Please note that reservations are not essential on most UK rail services, most tickets can be purchased on the day of travel, however most train operators offer discounts for tickets purchased more than seven days in advance and some provide discounts for group booking.
The nearest coach station is Piccadilly which is only a short walk to the UMIST campus.
National Express timetables are available online. If you know of any other coach companies that serve Manchester then please email me with the details.
The trains from the airport run all night, though only about
once an hour after 2:00
BBC's list of road traffic problems.
Car travel via M6:
Take M6 northbound, leaving at J19. Take A556 Northeast (this is the third, right-hand, exit from the roundabout) to Manchester. Travel about four miles, going straight ahead at two sets of traffic lights. At the first roundabout (which itself has pert-time traffic signals), take the right-hand exit (third exit), joining the M56 towards Manchester.
The M56 will take you past the airport and all the way into Manchester. As you approach the city centre, the M56 (which you are already on) will be signposted off to the left and the A5103 is straight on. Continue straight on. The M56 becomes the A5103 dual carriageway. Continue straight on toward the city centre through several sets of traffic lights.
At the roundabout, take the right-hand exit, which will be signposted A57(M). This takes you up onto a raised dual carriageway.
At this point, you are entering the UMIST map from the left-hand-side of the picture. You are on the Mancunian Way (also known as the A57(M)).
Several hundred yards further on, there is a turn-off to the left signposted for A34 and Universities. Take this (it's quite a sharp turn). This will take you on to the foot of Sackville Street.
If you overshoot this turn, take the next exit and turn right, following the signs for the Universities. Go down Grosvenor street and turn right at the traffic lights (on to Princess Street). Go round the roundabout (coming back onto Princess Street but travelling the other way) and take the first left. This short stretch of road is the other leg of the Y-shaped intersection at the bottom end of Sackville Street.
I could give directions for walking from Manchester Piccadilly, but I wouldn't neccesarily give the best directions there (though the walkers; tour would take in Sackville Park, the planned site for the Alan Turing statue).
Additional route information is provided by UMIST.
From Manchester Airport the fastest way is to take a train; there are trains on June 29 running at frequent times during the day (see above section for more information on rail services),... Most of these take less than 20 minutes, and the price is £4.00 or less, depending on the time of day. There are buses which are cheaper but slower; they run directly from the airport to Chorlton Street Bus Station, which is marked on the map.
The trains from the airport run all night, though only about once an hour after 2:00am.
Local Bus Services
If you need information on local bus services while in Manchester try calling traveline on 0870 608 2 608. Please note that traveline is a national service and if you call from a landline it will try and route the call to your local area call centre automatically. So if you're calling outside Manchester then it's easier to call from a mobile and select Manchester when prompted.
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