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BUFDG Annual Conference 2017 Travel Information Document The following information is to help with your travel arrangements for attending the BUFDG Annual Conference 2017 at the University of Bath. By setting out our intentions regarding transfers and shuttle services at this stage, we hope that you are able to make an informed choice about your travel to the event. If you have any questions, please contact

LOCATION This year’s conference will be held at the University of Bath, where delegate registration will also take place. As all accommodation is city centre based, we recommend that delegates arriving by car travel directly to the University of Bath (directions below) where we will be offering free parking, as well as providing a complimentary park and ride service to and from the accommodation. Further travel advice is given below. On Sunday 9th April delegate registration will be open from 13:30-19:00 at University of Bath. The conference will take place at University of Bath, Claverton Down Rd, Bath BA2 7AY. Please see the campus map / key on page 5 for more details. The conference spaces are shown below, together with corresponding numbers to the map / key on page 5 (where applicable):

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Delegate accommodation – The majority of delegates will be accommodated at the Premier Inn Bath City Centre, with some accommodated at the Hilton Bath City Hotel, Bath City Centre Exhibition space – Lime Tree Refectory (The Quads) Daytime catering facilities – Lime Tree Refectory (The Quads) Power Hour – Founders Sports Hall (building number 4) Informal Sunday reception and dinner – Parade Pub and Claverton Rooms (building number 2W) Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner – The Assembly Rooms (Bath City Centre) Conference plenary room – Lecture Theatre, Chancellor’s Building (building number 3) Workshop/ breakout session rooms – The Edge Delegate parking/ park and ride car park – The East Car Park

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GETTING THERE We would encourage conference attendees to use the most sustainable mode(s) of transport where possible.

BY TRAIN/ STATION SHUTTLES Bath Spa railway station is the principal railway station serving the city of Bath, and is served by Great Western Railway, as well as South West Trains and CrossCountry. It is situated on the Great Western Main Line and connects to the Wessex Main Line via Bradford-on-Avon. Shuttle buses will be running between the train station and the University for registration, and then from the University to all hotels (orange route). The shuttle bus from the station to the University will take approximately 10 minutes, and the shuttle from the University to the hotels should take between 10-15 minutes depending on which hotel you are going to. We are also planning to offer a shuttle service from the train station to all hotels (green route), so delegates can check in at the accommodation and then register for the conference later on Sunday before for the Informal Dinner or on Monday morning before the first session starts. Please see full schedule below, this is subject to change. An updated schedule will be sent out with the joining instructions and will be available on the website closer to the event.

N.B. If you are planning to attend a conference excursion, or arrive in time for the Informal Dinner on Sunday night, please allow for the shuttle/ connecting train time when planning your journey. If you take a shuttle bus to your hotel from the station, and you are joining an excursion, you do not have to go to the university to register, you will have the opportunity to register on Sunday evening or Monday morning. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries.

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WALKING The University is not within walking distance from the train station, so you will need to take a taxi or use the shuttle buses provided (see above). Bath Spa station is approximately a 10-minute walk to the Premier Inn or to the Hilton, so if you are taking a train you could firstly walk to your hotel to check in at the accommodation if you wished.

Bath Spa Railway Station to The Premier Inn (approx. 8 minutes)     

Walk west on Dorchester St/A3039 towards St Lawrence St Turn right onto St James's Parade/A367 Continue to follow St James's Parade Continue onto James St W The Premier Inn will be on the left

Bath Spa Railway Station to The Hilton (approx. 11 minutes)     

Walk north on A3039 towards Railway St (0.2 miles) Turn left onto Orange Grove/A3039 Turn right onto High St/A3039 Continue to follow A3039 The Hilton will be on the right

TAXI There are some local taxi numbers below, all are city centre based. Alternatively, taxis are available at the train station:  

Abbey Taxis: 01225 444444 V Cars - Bath: 01225 464646

BY AIR Bristol Airport is just 20 miles from Bath making it the city's closest airport. The A4 Bristol Airport to Bath Bus Service provides a direct link between Bath and Bristol Airport. Alternatively, the Bristol Airport Flyer express coach service will take you from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station, where you can catch one of the many frequent train services into Bath. Taxis are also available at the airport, or on the numbers shown above.

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Heathrow Airport is 100 miles east of Bath on the M4 motorway. A regular National Express coach service runs direct from the airport to Bath with a total journey time of 120 to 180 minutes. Alternatively, a Heathrow Express train service runs between the airport and London Paddington, where you can then pick up a direct train service to Bath Spa train station. The complete journey time for this is approximately 135 minutes.

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Travelling from Gatwick Airport to Bath:   

Gatwick Airport is located in south London, approximately 140 miles east of Bath. You can take a train from the airport to Reading train station where you can pick up a train service to Bath Spa train station, with a total journey time of approximately 180 minutes. Alternatively, catch a National Express coach from Gatwick Airport via Heathrow Airport to Bath with a journey time of approximately 270 minutes.

BY ROAD Bath is located just ten miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway, which runs direct from London and Heathrow Airport. There are also excellent motorway links from the north, Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway, whilst Wales is just a short drive west on the M4 motorway.

PARKING Delegate parking will be provided at The University of Bath, and will be located in the East Car Park. We will also be offering complimentary park and ride service to and from the Premier Inn, the Hilton and the Bath Spa train station. There is no on-site parking available at The Premier Inn, Bath City Centre. Chargeable off-site parking is available at Southgate Central (sat nav BA1 1AQ) at approx. £13.00 for 24 hours. Parking is available at The Hilton at the cost of £25.00 per exit for all residents, this will be in the Podium car park adjacent to the hotel. Please note, the per exit charge will be charged each time you leave the car park. Alternatively, there is a pay and display car park next to the hotel which is free of charge between the hours of 18:00 and 08:00.

EXCURSIONS You can register for excursions when you book your place on the conference website. Places are limited and there will be a waiting list in operation should your first choice not be available. Excursion choices are shown below (these may change slightly nearer to the event). With the exception of Golf there are two meeting points and times so that you can either go to the University in time to be transferred to the excursion, or alternatively meet in the city centre:


Meet at University

Alternative meet time and place

Finish time



At course – make own way to the course and meet at 13:30, first tee time 13:40

18:00 for last round

Walking Tour (limited option for cream tea afterwards until 17:00)


14:05 – TBC (city centre)

Approx. 15:45

Bus Tour (limited option for cream tea afterwards until 17:00)


14:05 – TBC (city centre)

Approx. 15:45

Roman Baths


15:20 at the Roman Baths

Approx. 17:00

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