2012 Conference Travel Information

University of Cambridge

The main RES2012 conference venue is Robinson College. Robinson is situated in Grange Road, close to the centre of Cambridge. Grange Road runs between Barton Road and Madingley Road and is parallel to Queens' Road (the 'Backs'). Maps of Robinson College and the surrounding area can be found at http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/conferences/maps.php. The postcode is CB3 9AN. For more information about visiting Robinson please see http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/contact/visiting.php.

Travelling by Air

Stansted Airport is approximately 40 minutes by road from Cambridge and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports are about 1.5 - 2 hours by road (Stansted offers primarily European flights; most visitors from outside of Europe will arrive at Gatwick or Heathrow). Buses from these airports run regularly into the City Centre. Trains run directly to Cambridge from Stansted (35 minutes) and via London from Heathrow and Gatwick.

There is a frequent express bus service between London and Cambridge and a coach service several times a day between Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports and Cambridge. Details can be obtained from National Express, telephone +44 08717 818178, or at National Express Coaches.

Train Routes

The fastest trains (the Cambridge Cruiser from King's Cross) take only 48 minutes. Cross country rail services link Cambridge with the Midlands and the North, via Birmingham.

Directions by Road

From Junction 12 of the M11, the A603 towards Cambridge

  • Take the A603 (Barton Road) towards Cambridge.
  • Pass Wolfson College on the left.
  • About 1.5 miles from the M11 you will reach the traffic lights of a pedestrian crossing. Grange Road is the turning on the left, directly after this pedestrian crossing, opposite the Hat and Feathers public house.
  • Once in Grange Road you will pass the CU Rugby Club on the left.
  • The road narrows slightly immediately before the next turning on the left which is Herschel Road. Robinson College is the new redbrick college 0.5 miles along Grange Road on the left, on the corner of Grange Road and Herschel Road.

From the North (A14)

  • From the M6/M1 (Junction 19) interchange join the A14 (signposted to Kettering).
  • Follow the A14 past Kettering and Huntingdon towards Cambridge.
  • From the A1 at Brampton join the A14 (signposted for Stansted and Cambridge).
  • Follow the A14 and signs for Cambridge.
  • Get in lane for the M11 once you have passed the exit for Dry Drayton, Oakington and Cottenham. (M11 is outside and middle lanes.)
  • Join the M11 following the signs for Stansted.
  • Leave the motorway at the next exit, Junction 12.
  • Take the A603 in the direction of Cambridge (to the left).
  • Follow the directions from the M11, Junction 12, as shown on this pdf.

From the East (A14 from Newmarket)

Avoid the city centre

  • From the East (A14 from Newmarket).
  • Follow the northern by-pass to join the M11.
  • The exit for the M11 is after the junction for the B1049. It is signposted 'M11 London (A10), North, A1, Midlands'.
  • Once you have taken this exit, STAY IN THE LEFT HAND LANE and join the M11.
  • Leave the motorway at the next exit, Junction 12.
  • Take the A603 in the direction of Cambridge (to the left).
  • Follow the directions from the M11, Junction 12, as shown on this pdf.

From the South (A10)

  • At the signpost 'M11 The North, Huntingdon (A14), Bedford (A428), Ely (A10)' turn left and join the M11.
  • Leave the motorway at the next exit, Junction 12 signposted 'Cambridge, Sandy and the A603'.
  • Take the A603 in the direction of Cambridge (to the right).
  • Follow the directions from the M11, Junction 12, as shown on this pdf.

From the West (A428 from Bedford)

  • Along the A428 from Bedford and St Neots take the exit for the A1303, signposted for the M11 London.
  • Passing the American Cemetery on the left, continue straight on at the traffic lights.
  • Pass the turning for the M11 to London on your right.
  • At the next traffic lights the Madingley Road 'Park and Ride' is on your left, continue straight on.
  • Pass High Cross on your right and Madingley Rise (Observatory) on your left.
  • There are a set of traffic lights at a pedestrian crossing. Immediately after these get into the right hand lane.
  • Turn right into Grange Road at the next set of traffic lights.
  • Once in Grange Road pass Clarkson Road on your right and continue for about 0.5 mile.
  • Robinson College is the new redbrick college 0.4 miles down Grange Road on the right, situated between Adams Road and Herschel Road.

Directions for Cyclists and Pedestrians

From Market Square in the town centre

  • Go past Great St Mary's, heading towards Senate House.
  • Follow Senate House Passage, then turn right onto Trinity Lane.
  • Turn left 30 yards later onto Garret Hostel Lane.
  • Continue over the footbridge until you reach Queens' Road.
  • Cross Queens' Road and continue on the footpath running past the University Library.
  • Arrive on Grange Road, directly opposite Robinson College.

From the bus or train station

Robinson College can be reached by taxi (10 minutes from the train or bus stations) or a 30 minute walk. Head into the city and aim for Market Square. Download a PDF for directions from here to the College.

Local Bus

Two local bus routes service the College: the Citi 4 (to/from Kings Hedges in the north of the city) and the Uni 4 (to/from Addenbrookes Hospital to the south). Both go to/from Cambourne. Pick this route up from Silver Street and Brooklands Avenue.

Park & Ride

The Park & Ride is a good choice to avoid city centre traffic jams. Please see their website for more details.

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