June 2012 TC/PC - Exeter, England

Monday, 18 June, 2012 - 04:00
Friday, 22 June, 2012 - 04:00

UK Met Office

UK Met Office
FitzRoy Road
United Kingdom

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda for the OGC TC/PC meetings is now available.  Please note that as the schedule fills up, we might be required to change times and locations of previously posted sessions.
On Friday, 22 June, OGC and AGI will host the Interoperability Day 2012 - Open Government and Open Standards.Seperate registration is required via AGI's website.


On-line Registration is now open:


There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception will be $55.00 USD per person.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 14 June)On-Site (on or after 14 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$325.00 $375.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.



The below list provides additional information regarding specific room blocks for the OGC TC/PC:

  • Jurys Inn (http://exeterhotels.jurysinns.com/) 50 rooms available at £72 per night. When contacting the hotel use the booking reference METO170612
    Call to book +44 1392 312400, and ask for individual reservation, then give them the above booking code.
  • White Hart (http://www.whitehartpubexeter.co.uk/) 29 rooms available (15 doubles at £67.16 and 14 singles at £59.16 per night). When contacting the hotel let them know that you want to take up one of the rooms block booked by the Met Office
    +44 (0) 1392 279897


    Local Information and Travel: 

    Please bring your own UK-style electrical adaptor


    Below are some travel notes from one of our hosts:

    There are only cheap holiday flights to holiday destinations to and from Exeter Airport, such as Murcia and generally only one per day or less.

    Travel to and from Bristol Airport has more international destinations, but generally you need a car to get there and back from Exeter. Public transport is possible but is not joined up.

    I nearly always travel to/from London Heathrow [LHR]. Terminal 5 is best.  Terminals 1,2,3 are OK too. Try to avoid Terminal 4 (30 mins away from others).

    Then take RailAir bus, every 30 mins, to Reading main train station [RDG], buying the RailAir ticket on the bus.  London Paddington [PAD] trains pass through every hour to Exeter St Davids, takes 1 1/2 or 2 hours (300km). This is faster and cheaper than travelling into London and back out.

    Flights to/from Gatwick [LGW] are feasible too. Trains hourly to Reading main station take 1 1/2 hours.

    Travel to/from London City Airport is the next in priority and inconvenience. Then London Stanstead, then Luton (never!).

    The mainline station in Exeter is Exeter St David's [EXD], 3/4 mile, 1.3 km from the City centre and fast trains from London Paddington station are about every hour.

    Exeter Central station [EXC] is in the city centre, but generally only has local slow commuter trains. Cheaper, but much slower, stopping trains, do travel from London Waterloo [WAT] to Exeter Central, by a different route, taking 3 1/2 hours minimum.

    Buy your train, and RailAir bus, tickets on the Web as far in advance as possible, say 2 months - much cheaper, but fixed trains and seats, without refunds. If you book too early though, say 3 months and one week, the cheap tickets will not have been posted.

    Please note the booking reference number and which card you used to pay for the tickets.

    You can collect your pre-paid tickets at ticket machines in most train stations, but unfortunately, there is no  ticket machine at London Heathrow Airport to pick up RailAir tickets. The machines are all shapes and sizes, but generally have a touch screen with two or three big pink 'buttons'.  

    Lots of web sites sell tickets - all basically the same, connected to the national infrastructure.

    First Great Western http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ run the Paddington trains and do not charge for debit/credit card transactions, but charge for an SMS message.

    http://www.thetrainline.com is run by Virgin, but has identical tickets etc. Free SMS but charges for card transactions.

    There is a No. 56 bus from Exeter St Davids train station more or less direct to the Met Office every hour but very badly timed for London trains.

    The line H bus, every 15 mins, goes from Exeter St Davids Station into the city centre via Queen Street and the High Street.   

    The 'Park and Ride' buses, every 12 mins, from Paris Street/High Street go very near the Met Office. This is the best bus for those staying in the City Centre. Daily and weekly tickets are available on the bus.

    Transport reliability is good, except that planes landing towards the end of the day may be late.