Are you running – or watching – the Virgin Money London Marathon?
Here’s some important information for those travelling to London for the marathon on Sunday 23 April.
We’re running an extra 111 trains on race day to help our passengers get to their start line and back home, but trains are likely to be busier than normal so please allow extra time for your journey. If you want to check which train to catch to make sure you get to your start line in time, or how to avoid the busiest trains on the day, simply ask one of our team. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck and anyone cheering them on a fantastic day!
For Greenwich or Maze Hill start lines – change at Cannon Street only, not London Bridge.
Passengers wanting to get to either the Greenwich or Maze Hill start line must go to Cannon Street station for connecting trains and not London Bridge. Trains to Greenwich and Maze Hill stations do not leave from London Bridge. The only trains to these start lines are from Cannon Street.
For the Blackheath start line – change at London Bridge, Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Lewisham.
Trains from London Bridge only serve the Blackheath start line. London Bridge is expected to be particularly busy from 8:00am to 8:30am when a large number of runners will be changing trains at the station to reach the Blackheath start line on time. Anyone starting in Blackheath can also take a Southeastern train direct from Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Lewisham.
Runners travel free from London terminals to start lines – but need a ticket for the rest of their journey.
Passengers changing trains in London to get to their start line can travel for free on connecting Southeastern services from any London terminal to any start line station, just by showing their race number. They must however have a valid ticket to get into, and back home from, London.
Spectators should travel a little later to avoid the race day rush – and need a valid ticket for their full journey.
Anyone not running the Marathon but heading into London to cheer people on should consider taking a later train to avoid busy services and allow more runners to board their train. As always, fans including friends and family should buy a ticket for their full journey before they board.