Travel advice for Virgin London Marathon

Transport for London has set up a section of their website dedicated to those who are planning to participate and support the Virgin London Marathon.

This year’s Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday 17 April, it’s the 31st Marathon featuring world-class athletes, celebrities and thousands of others – raising millions of pounds for charities along the way.

With hundreds of thousands of supporters set to line the streets of London, TfL will be working to keep the Capital’s transport running.

The easiest way to travel to and from the race is by Tube, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or riverboat.

TfL have also set up a 24-hour London Travel Information Centre which can be reached on 0843 222 1234.

Free travel will be provided to all runners, officials and St John’s Ambulance staff on the Tube, London Overground and DLR from early morning until 17:00 by showing their race number, officials’ course pass, or tabard.


There will be staggered road closures on the route and approach roads.

Roads south of the Thames, between Blackheath and Deptford, will close from 06:00.

Roads north of the river, from Canary Wharf to Parliament Square, including The Highway, Tower Bridge, The Lower Route, Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, Southwark Bridge (both directions) and all approach roads will close from 08:00.

A staggered road reopening programme will be operating throughout the day starting at approximately 11:00.

Roads are expected to be fully reopened by 19:00.

London Underground

To help Londoners and visitors travel smoothly around the city on Marathon day, all Tube lines will be serving central London with only the western side of the Central line undergoing track works between Marble Arch and West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway.

On the Circle and District lines, Blackfriars station is closed for station rebuilding works.

Passengers are advised to use Mansion House or Temple stations and complete their journey above ground.

Cannon Street will also be closed on Sunday as usual.

Northern line platforms at Tottenham Court Road are currently closed due to engineering works.

The Central line will call at Tottenham Court Road as normal.

Docklands Light Railway

Trains are as frequent as every two and a half minutes and connect with Tower Hill, Canning Town, Canary Wharf and Stratford Tube stations.

London Overground

London Overground services between Dalston Junction and West Croydon will run as normal, supplemented by extra services in the early morning connecting the key Marathon stations of Canada Water, Whitechapel and Shadwell.

Both Wapping and Rotherhithe Overground stations will be exit-only and passengers are advised to use nearby Shadwell and Canada Water.

London River Services

A view of the race from the river will also be available by boat between piers near key race points including Greenwich, Masthouse Terrace, Greenland, Canary Wharf, St Katherine’s, Tower Hill, Embankment and Westminster.

Timetables are available at London Underground stations, TfL piers or online.

The finish line (!)

Charing Cross, Embankment, Green Park, Westminster and St James’s Park stations, and Embankment and Westminster Piers, are all close to the finish line.

People can meet up with runners after the race at designated areas in Horse Guards Road and on Horse Guards Parade.



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