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Virgin London Marathon 2019

The Virgin Money London Marathon is taking place on Sunday 28 April.  

We're running extra trains to help everyone get where they need to be. 

Getting to the start areas 

The easiest way to get to the start areas is by train - 

  • Blue start – travel to Blackheath station from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge or Victoria.
  • Red start – travel to either Greenwich station or Maze Hill station from Cannon Street, or change at London Bridge. 
  • Green start – travel to Maze Hill station from Cannon Street, or change at London Bridge. 

Trains are likely to be busier than normal so we recommend you allow extra time for your journey. 

London Bridge station is expected to be particularly busy from 8.00 am to 8.30 am when a large number of runners will be changing trains to reach the Blackheath start line. We advise spectators to take a later train to avoid the rush. 

Ticket arrangements 

Does my race number entitle me to free travel on Southeastern to the start areas?

Yes. If you’re a runner, you can travel for free on Southeastern services from the following London stations to your starting point, between 06:45 and 10:30 

  • London Bridge
  • London Cannon Street
  • London Charing Cross
  • Waterloo East
  • London Victoria

Just show your race number to a member of Southeastern staff at the gate line to claim your free travel.

Does my race number entitle me to free travel on any other trains?

Your race number entitles you to free travel to your starting point from the stations listed above only. You’ll need to buy a ticket for the rest of your journey on the day of the Marathon. This includes if you’re  travelling into Central London for the Marathon on Southeastern trains from elsewhere or travelling elsewhere later in the day. To begin planning your journey by train, use the Southeastern, National Rail or TfL websites.


Will I get free travel as a spectator?

Only London Marathon runners with a race number are entitled to free travel. Unfortunately, we’re not able to extend this to spectators, who will need to buy a ticket before they board the train.


Will Southeastern be running any additional trains?

Yes. In addition to our normal timetable, we’re running additional trains from Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Hastings, Margate, the Medway Towns, Ramsgate and Tonbridge to Central London, as well as on our routes within London.


Will there be any engineering work that day?

Engineering work to improve and maintain the railway network will be taking place between Sittingbourne and Sheerness-on-Sea and trains will be replaced by buses. All other Southeastern services will operate to the advertised Sunday service. 

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Good luck to everyone running on Sunday!


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