TfL warns users to plan their marathon travels

Runners in last year's marathon (Pic by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Runners in last year's marathon (Pic by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

Transport for London (TfL) is urging east London spectators and runners attending the 35th London Marathon on Sunday to plan their journeys.

The transport provider expects hundreds of thousands of supporters to turn out and watch more than 35,000 runners, bringing disruption to the capital’s roads and some Newham services.

Transport commissioner Sir Peter Hendy CBE said public transport will be the best option for people travelling in London.

“Each year Londoners show their support by lining the capital’s streets to cheer on the tens of thousands of runners taking part,” he said. “Public transport is the easiest way to get aound on the day – I encourage anyone travelling around south east and central London to plan their journey it advance.”

Tfl advises passengers travelling between Beckton and Tower Gateway or Woolwich Arsenal and Bank stations to use a different route to avoic multiple changes and expects the Jubilee, District and Circle line to be busier than usual.

And the D8 Isle of Dogs to Stratford International and 115 Aldgate to East Ham bus services are expected to be diverted and not to run their full routes until after the marathon.

TfL has produced a guide available at and will provide real-time travel information at throughout the day.

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