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London Marathon 2018 road closures: Travel advice getting into and around the city during the big race


With the London Marathon taking over the streets of the capital, it’s time to take a look at how the mammoth race will affect road users and people living around the area affected.

Roads being shut, partial road closures, car parks taken out of operation and public transport disruption – you name it, the marathon will probably affect it.

While the annual event is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, it undoubtedly leads to congestion-fuelled frustration for those members of the public who are not interested in the race and have somewhere else to be.

And with around 50,000 people expected to take part in the 38th London Marathon, you can guarantee the capital will be busy.

To minimise hassle for you, we have broken down which roads are closed and when on Sunday, April 22.

Spectators stand on bollards to get a better view during the Virgin London Marathon

Find out all you need to know below…

In a nutshell, the main transport changes are as follows:

  • 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

Road closures

In the likes of Rotherhithe and Wapping there will be a scheme for residents to exit the are as well as vehicle crossing points.

Public Transport


London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway all have extra services running on the day of the marathon. This is by far the best way to get around.

Tube services in central areas of the capital, and race officials advise using public transport as the best way to get around on the day.

Tube stops in close proximity to the course route, including stations on the Jubilee line, Circle and District lines and DLR are likely to be extremely busy.

Buses

Buses travelling on roads affected by the Marathon will either be diverted or will not run the full length of their route until after the event. To find out more, visit tfl.gov.uk/bus/status

Santander Cycles

Some Santander Cycles docking stations located on the Marathon route will be suspended from Saturday evening until Sunday evening.

River Services

Thames Clippers will be running services from central London to Greenwich Pier, where it’s just a short walk to the Start at Blackheath/ Greenwich Park. Visit thamesclippers.com for more info.

Visit tfl.gov.uk or @TFLTravel Alerts for a full rundown of all the public transport information.

Spectators guide

The route for the 2018 London Marathon

Spectators are advised to plan their day carefully and avoid busy areas.

Greenwich town centre and Cutty Sark will be extremely busy.

Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the Finish Line on The Mall.

Detailed spectator information, including spectator routes and how to track runners, can be found here.

  • If you have any questions or require further assistance, please visit our website or contact helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk and 0345 894 9773. The helpdesk is open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday



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