Progressive Palaeontology: Travel
This page contains information about how to get to the 2015 Bristol Progressive Palaeontology meeting.
A = Life Science Building | B = Bristol Temple Meeds Railway Station | C = Bus Station | D = Colston Hall | 1–3 = Car Parks
Bristol is at the junction of the m4 and m5 motorways. From the motorway, the best route is to leave the M4 at Junction 19, onto the M32, which will bring you straight into the heart of Bristol. From the south-west, you can leave the M5 at Junction 18, onto the A4, which will also take you to the centre. From the south-east, follow the A36 or A37 until these join the a4 at Totterdown or Keynsham respectively, then follow the A4 into Bristol. Be warned that routes into and around Bristol can become severely congested at rush hours.
Parking cannot be provide at the University, and the roads around are part of a residents’ parking scheme: there is no free parking on-street nearby. Multistory car parks are located on Jacob’s Wells Road (BS8 1EH), Trenchard Street (BS1 5AN), and Rupert Street (BS1 2PY); all are within walking distance of the University.
National Express runs frequent services between Bristol and various cities around the UK, including Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Coaches stop at the Bus Station (BS1 3NU). Megabus also serves Bristol, stopping in the centre, opposite Colston Hall (BS1 5AR), and at Temple Meads Station (BS1 6QF).
Bristol has an extensive local bus network, largely run by First and Wessex. Services 8 and 9 provide frequent (up to every six minutes) connections between Temple Meads, the centre, and the University Campus, stopping almost outside the conference centre on St Michael’s Hill. Single journeys cost £1.50, with unlimited travel day passes costing £4.40.
Bristol has two main railway stations: Bristol Temple Meads, located near the city centre, and Bristol Parkway, on the north-east outskirts. Both are served by frequent trains from London Paddington, Birmingham, and Plymouth, and connecting train between them. Connections are available from London Paddington to St Pancras International for the Eurostar continental services. From Temple Meads (BS1 6QF), buses 8 and 9 connect to the city centre and the University.
A = Bristol Airport | B = Bristol University
Bristol Airport is the closest airport, ~10 miles from the centre of Bristol, with direct flights from many locations in the UK and Europe, and connecting flights internationally. An airport bus, the Bristol Flyer, service A1, provides quick and frequent transport to Bristol Bus Station (BS1 3NU). This costs £7 for a single ticket or £11 for an open return. From London Gatwick and Heathrow airports, National Express and Megabus coaches provide the best connections into Bristol.