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Travel disruption

Event schedule - 13 April 2014

Road closures will start from early morning.

  • 09:00 Elite races
  • 10:00 Mass start
  • 19:00 Roads expected to re-open

Road closures

There will be significant road closures on and around the route. These will start early on the day of the event.

Notable road closures will include:

  • Rotherhithe Tunnel
  • Tower Bridge
  • Southwark Bridge
  • Westminster Bridge
  • All approaches to Upper Thames Street, Tower Hill and Victoria Embankment

Public transport services will run throughout the day, although some stations will be busier than usual and a number of bus routes will be diverted.

Plan ahead

Public transport, walking and cycling will be the best ways to get around London and to the events.

However some buses will be on diversion or will finish early due to the road closures and Tube stations close to the festivities will be busy.

There will be free travel for all runners, race officials and on-duty St John Ambulance volunteers on the Tube, buses, London Overground, Tram and DLR from early morning until 17:00. Just show your race number, official course pass or tabard.

Plan your journey ahead using Journey Planner.

For up to date information on transport services, follow us on Twitter.

Advice for drivers and road users

Extensive road closures will be in place on and around the route between Greenwich in southeast London and St. James's Park in the centre of London. Try to avoid driving near the affected area.

If driving is your only option, travel at a different time if possible or allow more time for your journey.

We will start to reopen the roads from around midday as it becomes safe to do so and we expect all roads to be fully reopened by 19:00.

For the latest information on how the roads are operating, check Status updates and follow @TfLTrafficNews.

Advice for public transport users

Public transport, walking and cycling will be the best ways to get around central and east London on Sunday 13 April and if you are attending the marathon.

Plan your journey ahead using Journey Planner.


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.

Routes affected are: 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 and RV1.

For up to date information on bus services follow @TfLBusAlerts.

Tube and rail

Tube and rail services in central areas will be running as normal.

The following stations close to the Marathon route are likely to be busier than usual:

  • Cutty Sark - DLR
  • Canada Water - Jubilee line and London Overground
  • London Bridge - Jubilee and Northern lines, First Capital Connect, Southeastern and Southern trains
  • Tower Hill/Tower Gateway - Circle and District lines, DLR
  • Shadwell - DLR
  • Canary Wharf - Jubilee line and DLR
  • Limehouse - DLR
  • Charing Cross - Bakerloo and Northern lines, Southeastern trains
  • Crossharbour - DLR
  • Monument - Circle and District lines
  • Mansion House - Circle and District lines
  • Temple - Circle and District lines
  • Embankment - Circle and District lines


Bakerloo and Northern line services are not stopping at Embankment station as work to replace four escalators continues. For these two lines, we advise you to use Waterloo or Charing Cross stations which are a short walk from Embankment.

Tube services in central areas will be running as normal.

London Overground

There will be trains every 15 minutes between Highbury & Islington and New Cross/Crystal Palace/West Croydon, and every five minutes between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays until 22:00. Services between Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction will run every 15 minutes after 08:15.


We will run an increased service with trains running every two and half minutes at peak times. You can change between DLR and Tube services at Bank, Tower Hill, Canning Town, Canary Wharf and Stratford.

For up to date information on Tube, DLR and London Overground services follow @TfLTravelAlerts.

Barclays Cycle Hire

The following docking stations will be suspended from 00:00 to 20:00 on Sunday 13 April:

  • Tower Gardens, Tower
  • Lower Thames Street, Monument
  • Embankment (Savoy), Strand
  • Whitehall Place, Strand
  • Horse Guards Avenue, Westminster
  • Northumberland Avenue, Strand
  • Curlew Street, Shad Thames
  • Nesham Street, Wapping
  • Somerset House, Strand
  • Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf
  • Jubilee Plaza, Canary Wharf
  • Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf

Other docking stations will be available as usual but traffic congestion in the area may make it difficult for the redistribution vehicles to collect or replace bicycles.

We advise you to check cycle and space availability online using the live docking station map.