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Southampton offers excellent public transport options across the city, whether it is via train or bus.

The location of the new Lloyd’s Register Group Southampton GTC site is ideal due to its proximity to the University and the transport infrastructure which serves the same. Local train stations include Swaythling and St Denys, both are within around a mile of the site and offer frequent bus services from the station to the office.

The Interim site, Grosvenor Square, is situated in a much more central location and is less than half a mile from the Southampton Central railway station.


Southampton Central railway station can be accessed via Commercial Road then Blechynden Terrace in the city centre and offers a range of cross country services via the east to west south coast line, northwest to Bristol and northeast to London, example rail commute times detailed below:

  • Winchester 17 minutes
  • Salisbury 37 minutes
  • Portsmouth 45 minutes
  • Bournemouth 41 minutes
  • London 75 minutes

Southwest Trains are one of the principal local train operators within the area, their website provides a variety of information on planning your rail journey.

For a more detailed overview of the rail network around the city please click on the beside map or for a comprehensive overview of rail services across the UK please visit the National Rail website or call their enquiries number on 08457 48 49 50.


There is an extensive bus network throughout the UK which is run by a variety of privately owned companies a great resource in planning and locating bus services within an area of interest is the Traveline website which offers nationwide information and journey planning tools. Alternatively visit the Southampton City Council public transport pages or click here to download a guide and map to public transport services in the city.


Southampton is developing an integrated transport system and cycling is a key component and as such substantial investment is underway in the City’s cycle network. However there are already established routes across the city which pass in close proximity to both the Southampton GTC and Grosvenor Square sites, please click here to download the City Bike Guide.


Both "black cabs" and "mini-cabs" operate in the UK. Black cabs are licensed by the police. Each cab has a licence and each driver a badge bearing their driver number. Fares are strictly regulated. You can hail a black cab in the street and a visible meter will calculate the charge based on time and distance. In London, all taxi drivers have passed "the knowledge" training programme and should be able to find the quickest and most economic route between A and B.

Mini cabs are private hire vehicles and, whilst usually cheaper than black cabs, it is best to agree a price when booking. It is illegal to hail a mini cab on the street. Instead they must be booked by telephone or by visiting a mini cab office. There is no official training scheme and drivers are far less reliable, so it’s a good idea to know where you are going and to be more aware of your personal safety.

Air travel

Southampton City Airport is situated on the north western peripheries of the city, between Southampton and Eastleigh, and can be access via the A335, junction 5 of M27 motorway or Southampton Airport Parkway Railway station.

Managed by BAA the airport links the south coast with over 50 European destinations, the on site facilities include WHSmith, Worlddutyfree, Costa Coffee and Mitchell’s Kitchen and Bar.

The Short Stay Car Park is located next to the terminal and is suitable for stays of less than 24 hours. The Long Stay Car Park is a few minutes from the terminal by courtesy bus.

For a comprehensive overview for air travel from Southampton and throughout Europe visit the Southampton City Airport website.

Useful links


The BAA website provides information on several airports throughout the UK. In all, their site provides a range of information from live flight details through to holiday planning services. Click on the icon to visit their website.

Travle Line

This journey planner contains timetable information for a variety of public transport services throughout the UK. Click on the icon to visit the website.

Southwest Trains

Southwest Trains
Southwest Trains is the principal rail operator for Southampton and the surrounding area. Their website provides a wealth of information from network mapping through to journey planning tools. Click on the icon to visit the website.

National Rail Enquiries

National Rail
The National Rail site provides an almost one stop shop for all rail information, providing a variety of rail network mapping, links to the national railway service providers and a wealth of further information. Click on the icon to visit the website.