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Location Info

Place: Liverpool, UK

Dates: 10-13 November 2015

Venue: Open Labs next to the Astrophysics Research Institute

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The location of the Astrophysics Research Institute is marked in blue and the provisional Gaia 2015 venue is marked in red. To view in more detail goto Google maps.

Streetview shown below as viewed from Mount Pleasant. Building is directly ahead. Access from Great Orford St:


Icon plane.png Airports

There are two airports providing access to the city of Liverpool.

LPL - Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The airlines flying to Liverpool airport are easyJet, RyanAir, Blue Air, Wizz Air, Czech Airlines, Thomson, Aer Lingus.

Although here is no rail link at the airport there are frequent bus services to Liverpool South Parkway railway station which is NOT in the city.
Liverpool South Parkway is a double railway station providing two separate rail routes into Liverpool Lime Street or Liverpool Central stations, which are in the city.

After 9:30am a SaveAway combined bus/train ticket can be purchased at the Information Desk on the lower level of the airport. A SaveAway ticket for including Zones A,B,C & D is suitable for travel to destinations in the city of Liverpool and costs £3.90.

The bus services from the airport direct to Liverpool are numbered 500 , 86A and 80A .
Buses are operated by Arriva and the 80A & 86A services go via Liverpool South Parkway station.

Journey time to Liverpool is approximately 30 minutes.

MAN - Manchester Airport

This airport is larger than Liverpool so a greater number of airlines fly to this destination.

The rail link at this airport is Manchester Airport [MIA] station. Trains operated by Northern Rail go direct to Liverpool Lime Street station every hour, see Timetable.
The journey time is approximately 1 hour.

An alternative train route is from the airport station to Manchester Piccadilly [MAN] station and changing there for a train to Liverpool Lime Street [LIV].
Several train companies operate this alternative route. The journey time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Refer to National Rail Enquiries for train times. It accepts three letter abbreviation [TLA] station names.

Icon train.png Rail Travel

There are a few trains direct from London Euston [EUS] but most require a change at Crewe [CRE] station.
The quickest trains from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street are operated by Virgin Trains and the journey takes approximately 2.5 hours. Travelling Off-Peak between 09:27 → 15:00 and after 18:45 is much cheaper. The cheapest tickets are Advance booking and can be purchased online up to 12 weeks prior to travel but are limited in availability. Tickets can be collected at the departure station but you must have the original credit/debit card used when purchasing.

  • Liverpool Central [LVC] station located in the city and is a local commuter destination
  • Liverpool South Parkway [LPY] station is located 10km from the city and 4.5km from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The railway system local to Liverpool is operated by Merseyrail and the stations in and around the city can be view via the link to this map.

Eurostar trains to the UK terminate at London St. Pancras International [STP] which is 1km from London Euston where train to Liverpool Lime Street depart.
St. Pancras to Euston is a 5 minute walk or via the London Underground on the Victoria Line or Northern Line.

National Rail Enquiries is useful for planning rail travel with all UK train companies and for checking on delays or cancellations.

Icon bus.png Bus Travel

Merseytravel has general information about public transport in Liverpool.
They provide a bus route planner and a map of Liverpool City Centre bus routes.

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There is no free street parking near the University and metered street parking, marked by blue and red lines, is expensive. Recommended parking close the venue is Mount Pleasant Car Park. This is a multi-story car park, marked P on the map and is a 5 minute walk from the Gaia venue. All day parking costs £4, it is open from 7:00am until 20:00pm Mon-Fri, motorcycles and disabled are free. The entrance to the car park is at the lower end of Mount Pleasant, marked by the green dot on bottom of the £4 symbol. The car park has a one way system and the exit is onto Brownlow Hill.

Full details are available from Mount Pleasant Car Park. The address is:-
  38 Mount Pleasant
  L3 5TB

More information about parking in Liverpool is available from Parkopedia.