Royal Parks Half Marathon

If you're travelling in central London on Sunday 9 October, the main transport changes are:

  • Roads around Trafalgar Square, St James's Park, Whitehall, the Strand and Waterloo Bridge (northbound) will be closed in the morning and early afternoon
  • The road closures mean some buses in the area will be diverted or terminate early
  •  Tube and rail will be the best way to get around central London, though some Tube stations will be busier than usual, including Hyde Park Corner

View this closure on our interactive traffic map.

If you're attending the event, you can find out more about it at the Royal Parks Half Marathon site.


The following road closures will be in place:

All day

  • South Carriage Drive, The Mall and Constitution Hill closed as usual on Sundays

01:00 - 15:00

  • Duke of Wellington Place
  • Hyde Park (road and cycle paths)

05:00 - 12:30
All roads within St James's Park, including:

  • Birdcage Walk
  • Great George Street
  • Horse Guards Road
  • Link Road
  • Spur Road
  • Storey's Gate

07:00 - 12:30

  • Aldwych closed, except for the following sections which stay open:
    • From Catherine Street going northbound up Kingsway
    • The Strand underpass
    • From 08:00: Kingsway, going east to the City or southbound to Waterloo Bridge
  • Arundel Street northbound
  • Charing Cross Road southbound
  • Northumberland Avenue
  • Parliament Square (contraflow linking Victoria Street and Millbank)
  • The Mall (from Duke of York steps to Admiralty Arch)
  • The Strand
  • The Strand underpass
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Whitehall

07:45 - 12:00

  • Park Lane southbound

08:00 - 13:00

  • Hyde Park Corner (contraflow in place)

08:30 - 11:30

  • Waterloo Bridge (northbound)

For the latest information on how the roads are operating, see our traffic status updates page or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


From around 06:00-13:00, buses around Westminster will be diverted or terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures.

Routes affected include:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 36, 38, 52, 59, 68, 73, 74, 76, 82, 87, 88, 91, 137, 139, 148, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 414, 436, 453, C2, N9, RV1

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


In Hyde Park, all cycle paths will close between 00:01-15:00 except South Carriage Drive, which is closed all Sunday as usual.

Santander Cycle docking stations will be open as usual, but road closures may make it difficult for our vans to redistribute bikes across Central London.

Check availability of Santander cycles using the online docking station map, or visit our cycling section for full information on cycling in London.

Taxis and minicabs

The following taxi ranks will be closed between 07:00-13:00:

  • Aldwych (Me Hotel)
  • Aldwych (No 1 Hotel)
  • Aldwych (rest rank)
  • Aldwych (Waldorf Hotel)
  • Charing Cross Station
  • Exeter Street (Strand Palace)
  • Half Moon Street (taxi rank immediately after Piccadilly)
  • The Strand (opposite Australia House)

Otherwise, taxis and minicabs will run as normal, but some journey times will be affected by traffic in the area - please plan your journey in advance and leave more time to travel.

For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, visit our taxis and minicabs section or follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.

Tube and rail

Tube and rail will be the best way to get around London on the weekend, although some stations in Central London will be busier than usual because of the event. They include:

  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern lines)
  • Embankment (Bakerloo, District, Circle lines)
  • Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria, Jubilee lines)
  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
  • Lancaster Gate (Central line)
  • Marble Arch (Central line)

To find out about planned closures on the day, as well as up-to-date information on how transport services are running, see our status updates page or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.


The road closures mean that some coaches will be on diversion or use alternative stops. Contact your coach operator for details about possible changes to services, and allow plenty of time to travel.


Often walking is the quickest option during big events in London. It's healthy, free and can often get you from A to B quicker. For maps and more information about walking in London, visit our walking section.

Plan your deliveries

If you make or receive deliveries in Central London on weekends and may be affected by the extra traffic, talk to your customers and suppliers ahead of time. You may want to consider changing the times of your deliveries, or using other routes that avoid busy areas.

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