Hosted by Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Participation is open to participants of the HTML accessibility task force.
A teleconference bridge will be available for remote participation. Dial +1.617.761.6200 and use conference code 2119.
Minutes will be taken in an IRC channel. Use irc.w3.org:6665 on channel #html-a11y.
Please use the web-based registration survey to indicate if you will attend. Please register by 25 March 2010.
Please note due to unforeseen circumstances, the meeting venue has now changed. It will not be at RNIB offices but five minutes away from the RNIB offices at Holiday Inn.
The Bentley Suite
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Tel: +44 (0)121 634 6200
The closest airport is Birmingham International Airport. Ground transportation is available by train, coach, and taxi. From Birmingham International Airport there are frequent train services that operate between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street station, from which you can follow walking directions below under "by train". For train times please visit the National Rail Website. Should you prefer to travel by taxi, RNIB is approximately 9.8 miles (24 minutes) away from Birmingham International Airport. A taxi depending on traffic can cost approximately £21.00 one way.
Some people may find it more expedient to fly into the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, London City Airport). Birmingham is approximately a two hour train ride from London. From Heathrow Airport there is a National Express coach service that runs between Heathrow Airport and Birmingham International train station, or Birmingham Coach Station. Then from Birmingham International train station there are frequent train services that operate to Birmingham New Street station, from which you can follow walking directions below under "by train". For more information visit the National Express website.
Please note a train strike has just been announced and will affect those who need to travel by train 06:00 and 10:00, and between 18:00 and 22:00 each day from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April. The Easter weekend will not be affected.
There may limited service available. If you are travelling from London Euston you will be travelling on Virgin Trains, from Birmingham International will be Virgin Trains or London Midland trains. If you are travelling from Gatwick or Heathrow you will be using the Gatwick or Heathrow Express.
Birmingham may be reached by train from other points in Great Britain. Your destination should be Birmingham New Street Station.
When leaving the train, there are two possible exits from the platforms. You can leave the station via two routes
Distance is the same, and choice of exit may depend on which end of the platform the train stops at. Directions from both exits appear below. Walking directions are also available.
On passing through the ticket barriers, out onto the main concourse you will find a set of stairs and escalators directly ahead of you, and two ground level exits: (1) to the left of the stairs and (2) to the right. Take the right hand exit (2). Immediately on leaving the station turn right & right again keeping the station on your right. Walk down the slope (Queens Drive) crossing over the exit and entrance to the NCP car park on your right. At the bottom of the slope you will come onto Hill Street where you should take the zebra crossing to the other side of the road. On exiting the zebra crossing, turn immediately left and continue along the road until you get to an intersection with traffic lights. Holiday Inn will be on your right on the corner.
On leaving the station, turn left into Navigation Street. When you reach the busy cross roads, where there is a controlled pelican crossing, but unfortunately this does not have audible sounders. There are usually many people around to offer assistance to cross if needed. Cross over Hill Street and turn immediately left, walk past the casino and the Select and Save shop and continue along the road until you get to an intersection with traffic lights. Holiday Inn will be on your right on the corner.
If you get lost, follow signs to New Street Station car parks, park here and follow the directions from the train station.
For bus, rail and metro tram enquiries, please visit the Network West Midlands Website.
To book a TOA taxi, call TOA on: +44 (0) 121 427 8888 (TOA taxi's are the only taxi's that can be hailed/flagged. - if you get in a unbooked private hire taxi you are not insured!
For more information about Birmingham and public transport the Visit Birmingham website should have all the information you require.
This is the venue hotel:
Birmingham City Centre
The following hotels are within a short walk or taxi journey:
Copthorne Hotel Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham Hotel
245 Broad Street
All times are in British Summer Time (BST, UTC+1). Remote participants, use the time zone converter to find your local time.