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Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th August
Leeds, West Yorkshire


Leeds has excellent transport links so you shouldn't have a problem getting to Leeds whether you choose to travel by road, air, rail or coach.

The conference venue is the University of Leeds Medical Teaching Centre, in the Worsley Building; many people are staying at the Clarence Dock accommodation.

Once you’re here these detailed directions — with photographs — should help you get about Leeds:


From the South, West, and East

From London and the South you'll find Leeds is easy to reach from the M1. Continue along the M1 until Junction 43 and take the M621.

From Manchester and the North West head along the M62 until you reach Junction 27, then take the M621.

From Hull and the East head along the M62 until you reach junction 29 with the M1, then head north along the M1 and join the M621 at the following junction.

If you're heading for the Clarence Dock accommodation then come off the M621 at Junction 4, and follow the signs for the Royal Armouries; you'll reach Clarence Dock, on Clarence Road just before the Armouries. There's also a map to the Armouries, which may be of use.

To get to the Medical Teaching Centre, turn off the M621 at Junction 3 and follow the signs to the railway station. Then use these directions to the Medical Teaching Centre, complete with photographs; the orange building on the right of the penultimate photograph is a multi-storey carpark — park there, and walk along Clarendon Way to the Worsley Building.

From the North

From north-east England and Scotland head southbound along the A1/A1(M) until the junction with the M1. Leave the M1 at junction 46, follow signs towards Leeds going along the A6120 and then the A64.

For Clarence Dock follow the signs off the A64 for the Royal Armouries. When you reach the Armouries you'll have to turn along Clarence Road to reach the accommodation — see this map to the Armouries.

For the university turn off the A64 at the junction labelled ‘City Centre’ or ‘Loop’. Keep following the ‘Loop Traffic’ signs round the city centre and eventually you’ll pass the railway station. Then use these directions to the Medical Teaching Centre, starting from the 4th photo; the orange building on the right of the penultimate photograph is a multi-storey carpark — park there, and walk along Clarendon Way to the Worsley Building.


The nearest airport to Leeds is Leeds-Bradford which is 11 miles away from Leeds. There's a frequent bus service (number 757) to Leeds, and you can walk from the bus station to Clarence Dock.

If there's no flights available from your chosen airport to Leeds-Bradford, flying to Manchester airport is also convenient due to a frequent Transpennine Express rail service which goes from Manchester Airport to Leeds railway station and takes between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the number of stops; a return ticket valid for a month is 19.40. You can walk from the railway station to the accommodation.

Flight maps to/from UK airports are available at Flightmapping.com.


Leeds station is a busy station that is served by frequent services from GNER, Virgin, Arriva, First, and Midland Mainline. The the accommodation and conference venue are each about 20 minutes walk from the station; there’s also a taxi rank.

You can find out train times from the Die Bahn website, or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50, and book tickets either at your local station, by calling 08457 225 225, or online using sites such as Qjump or TheTrainLine (which are now actually owned by the same company but still have different interfaces). If you're unsure what ticket type best suits your needs it's best to either visit the station or call telesales — the price is the same however you book. More information on ticket types is listed in the Linux 2003 guide for Edinburgh: the information that's not specific to Edinburgh also applies in this instance.

Travelling from London Kings Cross, GNER run 25 trains a day to Leeds with a half-hourly service during peak times. The journey time is approximately 2½ hours. The GNER route to Leeds passes through Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Doncaster and Wakefield. This is also supplemented by Midland Mainline service from St Pancras station which passes through the East Midlands.

From the North East and Scotland a number of direct trains are operated by Virgin (and from Newcastle by First Transpennine); in addition to this it is also possible to take a London-bound train and change at York for a local service. Journey time from Newcastle to Leeds is approximately 90 minutes; add another 90 minutes from Edinburgh.

From Manchester and the North West the quickest method is the Transpennine Express if this is available, otherwise a number of slower local services operate to Leeds from many stations in the North West. The journey from Manchester is about an hour, and from Liverpool just under 2 hours using the Transpennine Express.

From Birmingham, Bristol, etc Virgin CrossCountry operate a number of cross-country services which call at main stations including Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Gloucester, Bristol, Bournemouth, Exeter and Penzance. >From Birmingham the journey time is about 2 hours, and Bristol is about 4 hours away.


National Express and others provide coach services to Leeds. Clarence Dock is about 15 minutes walk from the coach station.

Local Buses

Leeds centre seems to be full of buses, but most of them aren’t going where you want to be. First is the main bus operator, but they decline to run buses from Clarence Dock out of university term time.

Fortunately Leeds Suburban Buses still run their 752 service. This leaves from just outside Clarence Dock and takes about 10 minutes to get to the university. You want to alight at the first university stop, near The Fenton pub: it’s the next stop after the one opposite Morrisons. From there try to use the campus map signs to get to the Worsley Building.

The 752 departs Clarence Dock every half hour 08:10–18:10 on weekdays, and 09:10–18:10 on Saturdays; there is no service on Sundays.

For full details of bus services in Leeds call West Yorkshire Metro on (0113) 245 7676 or use their online journey planner.

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