Roads closed as London Marathon takes place

People taking part in London Marathon
More than 50,000 people are expected to take part in the marathon [PA Media]

Numerous roads closed and there were changes to public transport for much of Sunday as the London Marathon 2024 took place.

Organisers anticipated a record number of finishers for this year's race, with more than 50,000 people expected to complete the route.

The race began in Greenwich Park, in south-east London, and ended on The Mall.

Londoners were advised to plan their journeys ahead.

Many of the participants running the 26.2 miles (42.2km) course were raising money for charity, often in eye-catching costumes.

Dave Lock, long-time marathon fundraiser for Samaritans, is running with his daughter Isabella this year following the loss of his younger brother Steven who took his own life in 2023.

Stopping to talk to the BBC Sport during the marathon, he said: "I came very close to taking my own life when everything seemed to be wrong.

"I called Samaritans and they saved my life literally and my way of maintaining my mental health is to keep running in this giant green telephone."

Isabella Lock, running her first marathon, said: "Being in the marathon and hearing people [cheer] 'come on Dave' makes me so proud, so it's such an honour to be running with him."

The marathon claims to be the biggest annual one-day fundraising event. It raised £63m for thousands of charities last year.

Famous faces spotted running the marathon this year include BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, ex-health secretary Matt Hancock and comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

Dave and Isabella Lock speak to the BBC during the marathon
Dave and Isabella Lock speak to the BBC during the marathon [BBC]

Road closures


A vehicle crossing point has been operating at the junction of The Highway and Glamis Road during the road closure period, allowing entry and exit north and south.

Between about 09:30 BST and 18:15, vehicles were not able to cross while there are participants on both carriageways.

Marathon organisers advised residents travelling on foot to use the pedestrian subway nearby.


The Mall and Marlborough Road has been closed since Thursday and is not due to reopen until 18:00 on Monday.

Spur Road, Constitution Hill, Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk eastbound have been closed since Friday.

They will open again from 06:00 on Monday.

Birdcage Walk westbound has been closed since Saturday, and will also reopen on Monday.


Due to construction work taking place at Blackheath station, Southvale Road, Hurren Close, Collins Street and Baizdon was closed from 07:00 to 13:00.

Greenwich foot tunnel

The foot tunnel was open for people travelling from south to north of the Thames throughout Sunday, but it is expected to be busier than usual with queues.

The tunnel was closed for those going north to south between 10:30 and 12:30.

Isle of Dogs

Residents on the east and west side of Westferry Road were able to exit on to the street and travel south to Manchester Road until 09:00.

From 09:00 no vehicles were able to pass until after 17:00.


Residents living on the Rotherhithe Peninsula will be able to exit the area while the event road closures are in place.

Bacon’s College on Timber Pond Lane will provide free overnight parking facility on its premises for use by residents.

The car park operated until 17:00.

Public transport

The Tube, trains and Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

All trains have had extra services running throughout the day.

Organisers warned Tube services may be "extremely busy" at times.

There was a modified service on the DLR due to the marathon.


Buses which travel on roads affected by the marathon have been either diverted or did not run the full length of the route until after the event.

River services

Thames Clippers ran services from central London to Greenwich Pier. There was also no service on the Woolwich Ferry due to road closures to facilitate the marathon.

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