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Travelling to BiCon 2008 in Leicester
Leicester is easily accessible from many parts of the UK. Leicester University's Oadby Campus is located approximately three miles from Leicester city centre and the City Centre university campus.
The BiCon venue space is half way along Manor Road which is perpendicular to Soughton Drive South on this map of Oadby Campus.
The address of the BiCon venue is:
Please double check with the transport and directions providers that your travel plans are appropriate before you travel. BiCon 2008 cannot provide make travel arrangements, or provide travel-funding for an individual BiCon attender. This information about travel and directions is correct as of April 2008 and taken at attenders' own risk.
From Leicester Bus and Rail Stations
The 31/31A bus route passes both St. Margaret's Bus Station and Leicester London Road Railway Station every ten minutes. The destination bus stop is at the bottom of Stoughton Drive South which is about 10-15 minutes walk up a moderate slope to the BiCon part of the venue
Taxis are available at a cost of approx £6.50 for black cabs and minicabs from the Railway Station; the bus station will be a few pounds more. BiCon recommends taxis for attenders with mobility problems or heavy bags.
Leicester London Road station is served by East Midlands and CrossCountry train services. All platforms at the train station have lifts to get onto and off the platform and into the main part of the station.
Booking a specific train will give you the cheapest fare — it is sometimes cheaper to book two singles instead of a return. You can get rail fares and times on 08457 48 49 50 or by looking at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk or http://www.thetrainline.com.
Please note that East Midland trains leaving from London St. Pancras sometimes leave up to five minutes before the listed departure time or have a large queue before the checkin-gate. We advise that people using these services plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the listed departure time.
Coach or Bus
Coach or bus services all arrive at St Margaret's Bus Station in Leicester City Centre.
Coach tickets to Leicester can be booked through National Express from most UK mainland major cities. Book at http://www.nationalexpress.com or call 08705 808080 between 08:00 and 20:00 (max 8p/min from landlines). Textphone 0121 455 0086.
The nearest Airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport approximately 20 miles away. There is no direct rail link but there are coach services from the Airport to Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham which all may be useful depending upon your time of travel. See http://www.eastmidlandsairport.com/emaweb.nsf/Content/Bus for more details.
Other popular airports in England are Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted all of which are close to cities with direct railway or coach connections to Leicester
From the M1:
From A6 North
From A47 North
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