Travel information


The city of Manchester is in the north west of England, just over 200 miles north of London. It is well served by road and rail links, and is within an easy distance Manchester Airport.


The BMLA Annual Conference 2017 will be held at;
The Lowry,
Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

The Lowry is easy to reach being just a 10 minute drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network.

By car

From the M60 take junction 12 for the M602. The Quays is a quarter of a mile from junction 3 of the M602. Simply follow the brown Lowry logo signs.


There are car parking facilities at the Lowry Outlet Mall – and parking tickets can be bought in advance from The Lowry box office 0843 208 6000.


The Lowry is easily accessible via two of Manchester’s Metrolink tram lines, the Eccles line, and the Media City UK line – travelling from Manchester City Centre, the Metrolink takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes.

From the Eccles tram, alight at Harbour City stop – The Lowry is approximately a 10 minute walk from this stop.

From the MediacityUK tram, alight at MediacityUK stop – The Lowry is approximately a 5 minute walk from this stop.

You can visit for up to date information, or contact them on 0161 205 2000.

By Train

Regular Transpennine and Northern Rail trains travel into Manchester. If you are exiting the train at Oxford Road station, walk up Oxford Road towards Deansgate, where you can board the Metrolink. If you are exiting the train at Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria Station, there will be clearly signposted Metrolink stations nearby.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank just outside The Lowry as well as several local firms including;

  • Salford Quays Taxis – 0161 660 6666. Tweet @Quaystaxis
  • First Taxis – 0161 930 8888. Tweet @mediacitytaxis
  • 1010 Taxis (private hire) – 0161 793 / 794 1010. Tweet @1010Taxis

By air

The airport closest to The Lowry is Manchester, into which there are flights from all over Europe. From there, train services run frequently 7 days a week through national train operators ‘TransPennine Express’ and ‘Northern Rail’. Trains run every 10 minutes to or from Manchester Piccadilly, with an average journey time of 20 minutes.

More information on travelling around Manchester can be found at