How to get to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445 000
Fax: +44 (0)1235 445 808
Email: general enquiries
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Directions by road
From the A34 (Southbound) - Exit the A34 at the Milton Interchange Junction, the A4130 (A417) exit signposted Milton, Chilton, Didcot and Wantage. At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A4130 Wantage, Steventon, Drayton, Harwell. Follow this road for one and a half miles and continue straight on at the Rowstock roundabout onto the A4185. After about two miles turn right at the roundabout onto Fermi Avenue (signposted Harwell Business Centre, RAL, NRPB). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.
From the A34 (Northbound) - Exit the A34 at Chilton Junction, branch left (signposted, Wantage), then merge onto the A4185. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (signposted Harwell Business Centre, RAL, NRPB). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.
From Heathrow Airport - Take the M4 motorway towards Slough, Reading and the West. Continue as far as junction 13 and then head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.
From Gatwick Airport - Take the M23 to London and Guildford. At junction 7/8 join the M25 to Heathrow and Watford. At junction 15, take the M4 towards Slough, Reading and the West, and continue to junction 13. Head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.
Nearest rail station is Didcot Parkway, served by trains from London Paddington.
The journey to the laboratory is approximately a 15-20 minute drive from Didcot train station and approximately a 35-40 minute journey from Oxford train station.
- Space Shuttle, every 30 mins at peak times,
- Thames Travel X1 or X32, every 30
mins, journey time 25 mins
- Stagecoach 34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 25 mins
- Thames Travel X1, hourly, ~ 1 hour
- Thames Travel X34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 40 mins
- Stagecoach 34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 50 mins
- Thames Travel X32, hourly, ~ 1 hour
- Thames Travel X1 or X32, every 30 mins, 15-20 mins
- Newbury & District 6, 3 buses a day, 35-50 mins
In addition, information about buses from Heathrow and Gatwick airports is available on the Oxford Bus Company website (link opens in a new window).
Arriving at RAL
Please report at the
main Reception building (R75), where your details will be taken and directions
given on parking.
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