Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Map & Directions

Our  extended & refurbished building is located at 34-40 University Road

For room numbers of individual staff members, please refer to our A-Z of people page.

Our Reception office (room G.06) and Student Education Services (room G.01) are both located on the upper ground floor and staff will be pleased to offer further assistance if required.

Getting to ITS

There are various ways of getting to ITS. To help plan your route, some details are provided below.


Leeds city centre is relatively compact compared to many other cities, so walking is a viable option. The University campus is about a 20 minute walk from Leeds station: come out of the station into City Square; with the Queens Hotel behind you, walk straight up Park Row. Continue up Park Row until the first major junction. Cross straight over The Headrow and continue up Cookridge Street. At the next set of lights go straight on passing Millennium Square on your left and Leeds City Museum on your right. Turn left on to Woodhouse Lane, a busy main road. You'll pass Leeds Metropolitan University on your left and our University campus begins in another 100 metres, on your left. To reach the Parkinson building, carry on up Woodhouse Lane to the clocktower building. ITS is then just a few minutes away, but its best to consult the campus map to locate our building on University Road. You can also find directions to the main entrance of University campus via


A popular mode for many ITS staff and students, there are bike racks adjacent to the ITS building and many more across campus. To help plan your route, take a look at the University’s Cycling and Walking Map. You may also wish to visit the Leeds Cycle Point website which is a facility available next to the train station where you can hire a bike or store a bike if you have business in Leeds City Centre as well as at ITS.

By bus

Leeds is served by a city centre bus service, which stops near the southern edge of campus. Get off the bus at the stop on Clarendon Way and then use the campus map. For details and timetables of all the other bus services to the University, please visit the Metro website.

By train

Leeds is the mainline station to head for and is both a national and regional transport hub. It connects to all major UK cities and direct trains from London take just over 2 hours – for details see National Rail Enquiries. From Leeds station you can catch the free bus to the University or follow the walking instructions above. Alternatively, take a taxi from the station concourse.

By coach

Leeds coach station is across town from the train station, adjacent to the main bus station. Located on Dyer Street, it is also about a 20 minute walk from the University. For services and timetables see the National Express website.

By car

Leeds is situated just north of the crossroads of the M62 and the M1, and just west of the A1 (M). The M621 runs within 1km of the city centre, providing access from Leeds to the M1 and the M62. Like many city centres, there is a one-way system - the City Centre Loop - a clockwise route around the main shopping areas. This can be confusing for first time visitors, so it pays to study your route in advance. Please refer to the Leeds city centre map for details and for real-time traffic and travel information, visit For smarter driving tips, please refer to the energy trusts website:


Parking on campus is very limited. Visitor parking is available on a first-come first-served basis at the main University entrance at a cost of £7 per day (those with specific needs or requiring direct access to the ITS building should please contact us in advance). On street parking close to the University is notoriously difficult and one possible alternative is the multi-storey car park on Woodhouse Lane.

By taxi

It is a relatively short taxi ride from Leeds city station to ITS, depending on the traffic, and you should ask the taxi driver to drop you at the barrier on University Road, just off Clarendon Road. For the return taxi, either ask ITS reception to call one for you, or take one from the rank at the main University entrance.

Car clubs

Pay-as-you-go motoring is a relatively new but growing alternative. City Car Club has cars available in Leeds and other major cities in the UK. For those living in and around Leeds, is also worth investigating.

By air

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is the closest airport, about 7 miles from the University. To make your way to ITS from this airport, please see the options listed on the LBA website.  Alternatively, trains from Manchester airport to Leeds take around 80 minutes or 3+ hours from airports near London.