TfL advises marathon-goers to check transport times and routes before travelling

PUBLISHED: 13:19 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 21 April 2017

The Romney Marsh 10k takes place on July 14.

The Romney Marsh 10k takes place on July 14.


All runners are able to travel for free from early Sunday morning on underground, busesm overground, DLR, and tram

The London Marathon will return to the Capital this Sunday, and Transport for London (TfL) is urging runners, spectators, passengers and motorists to plan their journeys in advance to find out where to expect crowds and road closures.

There will be some road closures, with central London particularly affected, as well as several changes to bus services.

Many stations are expected to be busier than usual with hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to turn out to support more than 35,000 people, including athletes, celebrities and eager runners, raising millions of pounds for charities.

Participants and visitors are advised to check out the TfL travel information guide at for detailed travel advice.

Real-time travel information will also be provided through TfL’s social media channels throughout the day at

TfL travel ambassadors in their magenta uniforms will be out on marathon day at Tube and DLR stations along the 26.2-mile route, providing travel information and assistance to customers.

London’s transport commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “The London Marathon is a key moment in the world’s sporting calendar – when all eyes will be on the Capital. Thousands of runners and spectators will descend on the city, creating an astonishing atmosphere and demonstrating the best of London.

“Many TfL employees are taking part in the race, raising money for causes close to their hearts and I wish them, and all the other participants, the very best of luck.

“Walking, cycling and public transport will be the easiest way to get around and make the most of the day and I encourage anyone travelling around south east and central London to plan their journey in advance.”

From 06:00, there will be a number of road closures in south east and central London, from Greenwich Park to St James’s Park. Central and City closures will include all approaches to Upper Thames Street, Tower Hill and Victoria Embankment. Rotherhithe Tunnel, Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will also be closed.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and if possible avoid driving near the affected areas or travel at a different time and allow more time for their journey.

There will be a phased reopening of the roads from around midday with all roads expected to be fully reopened by 19:00.

The route will take runners past some of London’s most famous and historic landmarks. All visitors are advised to plan their day carefully and to avoid busy areas, in particular Greenwich town centre, Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge.

TfL’s services will continue to keep London moving throughout the event and all runners, race officials and on-duty St John Ambulance volunteers will be able to travel for free from early morning until 18:30 on underground, buses, overground, DLR and tram by showing their race number, officials’ course pass or tabard.

Latest news

Yesterday, 15:39

Acclaimed stand up Ed Byrne will soon be arriving at the Churchill Theatre as part of his biggest tour to date.

Tue, 11:32

The Chinese Year of the Dog arrived in Orpington on Sunday as The Walnuts Shopping Centre put on a special event.

Tue, 07:00

More than 100 young people from Police Cadet units across South London, including a teenager from Bromley, came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards, presented at the Kensington Great Hall on Sunday February 18.

Mon, 17:12

The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, has announced that construction will soon commence at its forthcoming site on Manor Park Road in Chislehurst.

Mon, 14:46

A footballer from Bromley gambled £16,000 at a Mayfair casino using a stolen card, a court has heard.

Mon, 13:18

A leading law firm has acquired a competitor and vowed to strengthen the legal services provided to the West Wickham community.

Most read


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder