With the London Marathon just days away, it’s time to take a look at how the mammoth race will affect road users and people living around the capital.
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.
Road being shut, partial road closures, car parks taken out of operation and public transport disruption – you name it, the marathon will probably affect it.
And with around 50,000 people expected to take part in the 39th 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 23. 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
(Photo: London Marathon)
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London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway all have extra services running on the day of the marathon.
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 travelling on routes affected by the race will either be diverted or completely cancelled.
Visit tfl.gov.uk for a full rundown of all the public transport information.
Thames Clippers will also be running special River Bus marathon services from Central London to Greenwich Pier – which is just a short walk to the start line at Blackheath/Greenwich Park.
Spectators are advised to plan their day carefully and avoid busy areas.
Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark will be packed out, and Tower Bridge is also usually extremely busy.
Anywhere along the route from mile 24 to the finish line on The Mall will be lined with people as they gather to watch people finish.
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