**The information on this page relates to 2017's event. Please check back nearer the time for details of 2018's London Marathon**

If you're travelling in central London on Sunday 23 April 2017, the main transport changes are:

  • Roads will be closed across south east and central London between 06:00-19:00
  • Buses in central London and Greenwich will terminate early or be diverted from 06:30 to 19:30
  • DLR will run a changed service until 17:00
  • Tube and rail will be the best way to get around and enjoy the day, but the Jubilee, Circle and District lines will be busier than usual with spectators and participants¬†

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 06:00 to 19:00 - if you can, avoid driving in central London during this time.

Traffic impact map

View or download the map below to see road closures and the impact these will have around the area.

Pre-and post-event road closures

Thursday 20 April 19:00-06:00

  • Abingdon Street
  • Broad Sanctuary
  • Tooley Street
  • Tower Bridge Road

Friday 21 April 20:00-08:00

  • Prince Charles Road
  • Kidbrooke Park Road
  • Shooters Hill Road/Farjoen Road
  • Shooters Hill Road/Goffers Road

Early morning Saturday 22 to 06:00 Mon 24 April

  • The Mall
  • Marlborough Road
  • Constitution Hill
  • Spur Road
  • Link Road
  • Birdcage Walk (eastbound)

Saturday 22 April 22:00 to 00:00

  • Westminster Bridge

Monday 24 April 20:00-06:00

  • Kidbrooke Park Road
  • Shooters Hill Road/Farjoen Road
  • Shooters Hill Road/Goffers Road
  • Prince Charles Road

Tuesday 25 April 22:00-05:00

  • Tooley Street
  • Tower Bridge Road

Marathon day road closures

03:00 until around 15:00

  • South Circular Road (junction of Ha Ha Road)

06:30 to early hours Monday:

  • Birdcage Walk (westbound)

07:00 until around 14:00:

  • Artillery Place
  • Brunel Road
  • Charlton Park Lane
  • Charlton Way
  • Creek Road
  • Evelyn Street
  • Jamaica Road
  • John Wilson Street
  • Little Heath
  • Lower Road
  • Salter Road
  • Shooters Hill Road
  • Surrey Quays Road
  • Trafalgar Road
  • Woolwich Church Street
  • Woolwich Road

06:30 until around 19:00:

  • Byward Street
  • Commercial Road
  • East India Dock Tunnel
  • Limehouse Link Tunnel
  • Lower Thames Street
  • Marsh Wall
  • Narrow Street
  • North Colonnade
  • Parliament Square and approaches
  • Poplar High Street
  • Rotherhithe Tunnel
  • Southwark Bridge
  • The Highway
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower Hill
  • Upper Thames Street
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Westferry Road
  • Westminster Bridge (reopens around 20:30)

21:00 until around 05:00

  • Abingdon Street
  • Victoria Street
To find out 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, 135, 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 23 April.

  • The service between Tower Gateway and Lewisham will start earlier at 05:30 with all other services starting at 07:00. For first train times check Journey Planner
  • Services from Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal will terminate at Poplar. To get to Bank or Tower Gateway, please take to a train from Poplar to Canary Wharf, and change
  • If you're travelling between Woolwich Arsenal and Stratford International you will need to change at Canning Town

A normal Sunday service will return from 17:00.

Busier stations

Services to Prince Regent and Royal Victoria stations will be busier than usual from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April due to the Marathon exhibition and registration event (Custom House station remains closed). It will be particularly busy on weekday evenings and all day Saturday.

On Sunday 23 April, the following stations will be extremely busy:

  • Bank
  • Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • Limehouse
  • Shadwell
  • Tower Gateway
  • Westferry
Access to Tower Gateway, Shadwell, Greenwich, Limehouse, Westferry and Cutty Sark stations will change to prevent overcrowding. Please follow signs, or directions from DLR staff.

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


The following Santander Cycles docking stations will be suspended:

18:00 Friday 21 April until 20:00 Sunday 23 April:

  • Curlew Street, Bermondsey
  • Horse Guards Avenue, Westminster
  • Jubilee Plaza, Tower Hamlets
  • Nesham Street, Tower Hamlets
  • Northumberland Avenue, Westminster
  • Tower Gardens, Tower Hamlets
  • Whitehall Place, Westminster

00:00 until 20:00 Sunday 23 April:

  • Embankment (Savoy), Westminster
  • Lower Thames Street, City of London
  • Somerset House, 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.


    On Sunday 23 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.

    London Overground

    London Overground services are suspended between Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston. Read the latest advice.

    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 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.


    Marathon runners, race officials and on-duty St John Ambulance volunteers will be able to travel for free on London Underground, London Buses, London Overground, TfL Rail, DLR and Tram by showing their race number, officials' course pass or tabard. For more information, see the London Marathon website.


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

    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 22 April, or before 07:00 on Sunday 23 April. Vehicle removals across the whole route will start from 07:00 on Sunday 23 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: