London Marathon 2016

If you're travelling in central London on Sunday 24 April, the main transport changes are:

  • Roads will be closed across south east and central London from 07:00
  • Buses in central London and Greenwich will terminate early or be on diversion from 06:30 to 19:30
  • DLR will run a changed service until 17:00
  • The Jubilee, Circle and District lines will be busier than usual with spectators and participants 

These closures will affect traffic, and many buses will be on diversion or terminate early. Tube and rail will be the best way to get around and enjoy the day.

Visit the Virgin Money London Marathon page for more details of the event.


Roads closures and extra traffic will make central, south east and east London busier between 07:00 to 19:00 - if you can, avoid driving in central London during this time.

Roads will begin to close at 07:00, and reopen in phases after midday. By 19:00, all roads are expected to have re-opened.

Traffic impact map

Closed from 07:00 until 12:00:

  • Artillery Place
  • Charlton Park Lane
  • Charlton Way
  • John Wilson Street
  • Little Heath
  • Shooters Hill Road

Closed from 07:00 until 14:00:

  • Creek Road
  • Evelyn Street
  • Trafalgar Road
  • Woolwich Church Street
  • Woolwich Road

Closed from 07:00 until 19:00:

  • Westminster Bridge
  • Byward Street
  • Upper Thames Street
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Birdcage Walk (westbound)
  • Southwark Bridge
  • Waterloo Bridge

Closed from 08:00 until 16:00:

  • Brunel Road
  • Jamaica Road
  • Salter Road
  • Surrey Quays Road

Closed from 08:00 until 19:00:

  • Commercial Road
  • East Ferry Road
  • The Highway (south side)
  • The Highway (north side)
  • Marsh Wall
  • Narrow Street
  • North Colonnade
  • Poplar High Street
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westferry Road
For the latest information on how the roads are operating, see our traffic status updates or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


Between 06:30 to 19:30, buses near the Marathon route will either be diverted or terminate early - please allow more time for your journey, plan ahead, or find alternative routes.

This affects the following routes:

  • 1, 3, 11, 12, 15, 24, 25, 29, 42, 47, 51, 53, 54, 78, 87, 88, 89, 91, 96, 99, 100, 108, 115, 122, 129, 132, 148, 159, 161, 177, 178, 180, 188, 199, 202, 211, 225, 244, 277, 286, 291, 341, 343, 344, 380, 381, 386, 422, 453, 469, 472, 486, C10, D3, D6, D7, D8, P12, RV1

For the latest information on how buses are operating, see our bus status updates page or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


Route changes

To support the event there will be changes to DLR services on Sunday 24 April.

  • Services will start earlier at 05:30 between Tower Gateway and Lewisham with all other services starting at 07:00
  • Trains from Beckton will terminate at Poplar. Trains from Woolwich Arsenal will terminate at Poplar before 10:00 and at Canary Wharf after 10:00. Please change at Poplar and/or Canary Wharf for Bank or Tower Gateway
  • Trains will run between Tower Gateway and Lewisham instead of Tower Gateway and Beckton
  • Trains from Stratford International towards Woolwich Arsenal will terminate at Canning Town. Please change here for Woolwich Arsenal
  • Trains between Stratford and Canary Wharf will be less frequent
  • Trains between Bank and Lewisham will be more frequent

A normal Sunday service will operate from 17:00.

Busier stations

Services for Custom House for ExCeL will be busier than usual from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 April due to the Marathon exhibition and registration event. If you can, avoid travelling to and from Custom House, especially on Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday 24 April, the following stations will be extremely busy:

  • Stations west of Canning Town
  • Canary Wharf
  • Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • Limehouse
  • Shadwell
  • Westferry

Access to Tower Gateway, Shadwell, Greenwich, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf stations will change to prevent overcrowding. DLR staff will be on hand to guide you in and out of the station.

For safety reasons, passengers are asked not to use station platforms and stairs as race viewing points.

For up-to-date information on DLR services follow @LondonDLR on Twitter.


The following Santander Cycles docking stations will be suspended from 00:00 on Sunday 24 April until 08:00 on Monday 25 April:

  • Curlew Street, Bermondsey
  • Lower Thames Street, City of London
  • Jubilee Plaza, Tower Hamlets
  • Nesham Street, Tower Hamlets
  • Tower Gardens, Tower Hamlets
  • Embankment (Savoy), Westminster
  • Horse Guards Avenue, Westminster
  • Northumberland Avenue, Westminster
  • Somerset House, Westminster
  • Whitehall Place, Westminster

Busy roads may make it difficult for us to redistribute or replace Santander cycles at docking stations near the event route - you can check availability using the online docking station map, or visit our cycling section for full information.


MBNA Thames Clippers will be running special River Bus Marathon services from central London to Greenwich Pier, where it's just a short walk to the start at Blackheath and Greenwich Park. Visit the Thames Clippers website for more information.


Service changes

Due to planned engineering work, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, there will be no Northern line service between Archway and High Barnet/Mill Hill East. Replacement buses will run instead.

Busier stations

On Sunday 24 April. The following Tube stations are likely to be busier than usual:

  • Blackfriars
  • Canada Water
  • Canary Wharf
  • Charing Cross
  • Embankment
  • Green Park
  • London Bridge
  • Mansion House
  • St James's Park
  • Tower Hill/Tower Gateway
  • Temple
  • Westminster

If you can, allow more time for your journey or re-route to avoid these stations.

For up-to-date information on how transport services are operating, see our status updates page or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

Taxis and minicabs

Taxis and minicabs will run as normal, but journey times will be affected by traffic in the area. Please re-route or allow plenty of time for your journey.

For hotels on Northumberland Avenue, taxi access will be available via Horseguards Avenue.

For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.


Local road closures will make other roads busy. Contact your coach operator for details about possible changes to services, and allow plenty of time to travel.

National Rail

Engineering works may affect some National Rail services - check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details.


On Sunday 24 April until 18:30, all runners, race officials and on-duty St John Ambulance volunteers will be able to travel for free on London Underground, London Buses, London Overground, DLR and Tram by showing their race number, officials' course pass or tabard.


We advise that you plan your day carefully, and avoid the busy areas of:

  • Greenwich town centre
  • Cutty Sark
  • Tower Bridge
  • Mile 24 to the finish on The Mall

To help save you time and avoid the queues, you can also plan how to pay for your travel in advance. Pages that might help include:

Local residents

If you live on a road used by the event, please help the organisers by parking your vehicle off the route either on the evening of Saturday 23 April, or before 07:00 on Sunday 24 April. Vehicle removals across the whole route will start from 07:00 on Sunday 24 April.

More information can be found on the local resident pages of the London Marathon website.

Plan your deliveries

If you make or receive deliveries in Westminster, talk to your customers and suppliers ahead of time. You may want to change the times of your deliveries to avoid road closures, or use alternative routes that avoid busy areas.

You can also:

Data developers

To allow third parties to understand the extent, scope and timing of these road closures, we've created a data set of all the road closures that will be in place for this year's London Marathon. This has been created using an industry data exchange standard called DATEX II.

This is part of a pilot where we'll be trialling a different approach to releasing data, with the intention of helping developers make great products for drivers. Read about data usage for London Marathon on the TfL Digital Blog.

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