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LMS Durham Symposium
Computational methods for wave propagation in direct scattering


The meeting will be held at the University of Durham - Campus Map. Durham is in the North east of England, about 18 miles South of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Registration will take place on the afternoon/evening of Monday 15 July in the Junior Common Room (JCR) in Grey College (number 8 on the campus map). The conference accommodation is also in Grey College.

The talks will be held in the Mathematical Sciences building (number 15 on the campus map).

Travel to Durham

The general Durham University travel guide and the Mathematical Sciences Department travel guide both have useful information about getting to Durham.

Rail information

The UK RAILWAYs on the Net site contains links for train timetables. Information on ticket types and prices (as well as train times) can be found here (click on the link for ALL UK TICKETS - BOOK).

A taxi (cab) from Durham railway station to Grey College should cost roughly £3 pounds.

Travel via a London airport and then by train from London King's Cross to Durham

London's airports are (reasonably enough) some distance from the centre of town. Don't take a taxi (cab) into London from the airport. It could take a very long time and be very expensive.

The London rail/underground map will give you an idea of where things are.

If you come via Heathrow, the fastest way to get to King's Cross station is via the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, and then to take the Underground or a taxi to King's Cross.
Heathrow Express trains run every 15 minutes and the journey from Heathrow to Paddington normally takes about 15 minutes and costs £23 return, £12 one-way.

If you come via Gatwick, the railway station is by the South Terminal. There is a shuttle bus from the North Terminal. There are two alternative routes into London.

  • Take the Thameslink train direct to King's Cross Thameslink station (beside the main-line King's Cross station). This seems to take around from 45 to 55 minutes and there is a frequent service. It costs £10 one-way.
  • Take the Gatwick Express. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey normally takes about 30 minutes. Price: about £17 return. The trains come into Victoria Station - you will then need to take the Underground to King's Cross.

The journey from London Kings Cross to Durham takes about 3 hours and appears to cost about £80 for a "saver" return ticket. It is normally much cheaper to get a return ticket rather than two one-way tickets for mainline rail travel in the UK, but you will need to check travel restrictions when you buy your ticket.
It is not clear from the rail information on the WWW (see above for the links) whether it is cheaper to buy a return rail ticket to Durham from the airport, or to buy tickets for the airport--London and Kings Cross--Durham sections separately.

Travel via Newcastle or Teesside airports

From Newcastle you can take the metro to Newcastle rail station, followed by train to Durham (and a taxi to Grey College). This should cost roughly £15 - £20 return in total. You can get detailed timetable information (from Newcastle airport to Durham) here by clicking on "Journey Planner" and filling in the details. You can buy the Metro ticket from Tourist Information at the airport, or a machine (needs coins). It looks like it is £1.80 one-way. The train ticket costs £3.40 one-way (buy at station).

A taxi from Newcastle aiport to Durham costs about £30 one-way.

From Teesside take a taxi to Durham. It should cost about £25 one-way.

Dugald B Duncan, Heriot-Watt University