BFCC would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, and all who attended ICCF Congress in Leeds 2009, and we look forward to a successful congress in 2010 in Antalya, Turkey.

Travel Disruption Between Manchester/Liverpool and Leeds

Information unpdated 24 August 2009

We now have some further information from National Rail about journeys between Manchester and Liverpool airports and Leeds on Saturday 12th September

Manchester Airport

The usual direct trains from Manchester Airport to Leeds are disrupted on Saturday 12th September because of planned engineering works on one of the two lines between Manchester and Leeds. Travel will still be possible using replacement bus services, however please anticipate a rather disrupted journey.

I will attempt to greet all delegates arriving in Manchester for whom I have an arrival time; we may be able to arrange lifts for some delegates depending on demand and arrival time. Andrew Dearnley is coordinating this and you should contact him as soon as possible with your flight details if you haven't already, as we will be relying on volunteers and need to plan this well in advance.

If it is not possible to offer you a lift, or if you are travelling independently and have not given us your estimated arrival time, there are two journeys per hour for most of the day, these are at:

Ten minutes past the hour - replacement bus to Huddersfield, from where there are frequent direct trains to Leeds; the total estimated journey time is two hours.

45 Minutes past the hour - replacement bus to Manchester Victoria from where there are direct trains to Leeds.

Please note the luggage policy for replacement bus services:

Depending on the arrival times of other delegates, I may be able to accompany delegates on the journey across Manchester if neccesssary and help you to find the right train at Victoria; if not, I can certainly escort you to the bus departure point at Manchester Airport and give you detailed instructions on the day.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The nearest rail station to Liverpool Airport is Liverpool South Parkway, this is a five minute shuttle service away from the airport, costing £2.05 for a one way adult fare.

It will be possible to travel all the way to Leeds by train without using a replacement bus service, however there will be at least one (in some cases two) changes neccessary in the Greater Manchester area - where two changes are neccessary, the second jouney will be very brief. Please use the journey planner to find your best option:

(please enter 'Liverpool South Parkway' in the first box and 'Leeds' in the second)

The estimated travel time to Leeds from Liverpool on the Saturday is around three hours.

On arrival in Leeds

The hotel is a short taxi journey from Leeds station, the cost of this should be around £5.00

Travelling on other days

There are no planned disruptions on Friday 11th September or earlier in the week, there will be direct trains from Manchester Airport to Leeds on this day, and at most a single change for delegates arriving at Liverpool. Travel on Sunday 13th will still be disrupted, possibly more so, as there are usually fewer scheduled trains on Sundays.

BFCC sincererly apologise for this inconvenience; we will try our very best to give individual advice to each delegate and do whatever we can to get you to the venue, but we do need you to let Andrew know your travel plans as soon as possible if you haven't already done so.

Austin Lockwood

Dear chess friends,

On behalf of the BFCC (British Federation for Correspondence Chess) we are very pleased and honoured to invite you and your families to the 2009 ICCF Congress which will be held in Leeds, England from September 12 to September 18, 2009.

Leeds is the major city of the county of Yorkshire with a population of over 760,000 and is rapidly growing. You will find links on this site to provide you with further information.

The Congress will be held at the Village Hotel and Conference Centre which is situated in the suburb of Headingley. This is a short taxi or bus ride from the centre of Leeds itself. For more information, click Accommodation and Venue.

Delegates and ICCF officials planning to attend the Congress are requested to complete the Booking form (see link) and e-mail to us by July 26 at the latest.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any additional information.

Amici Sumus!

Andrew Dearnley
International Secretary
British Federation for Correspondence Chess

Neil Limbert
Assistant International Secretary