London Marathon 2022: which roads will be closed?

London Marathon Runners 2021

Runners will reach Tower Bridge when they are almost halfway through the 26.2 miles (Image: Matthew Chattle/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

That The 2022 London Marathon takes place this weekend (October 2nd) and 40,000 amateur and professional athletes (plus some famous faces!) are flocking to the capital to take on the 26.2 mile challenge.

The race continues in its new autumnal slot after being first moved from its usual April 2020 slot due to the Covid pandemic.

The marathon always disrupts travel in the capital, but trouble started earlier this year as the biggest rail strike in a decade would have thrown many people’s plans out of whack.

Which roads will be closed to those who will be in and around London on Sunday?

Which roads are closed for the London Marathon?

Roads along the marathon route will be closed for most of the day and there will be significant bus diversions throughout the capital.

Roads will reopen once that portion of the course is clear, with most back to normal by 7pm.

Full list of road closures and approximate times

  • Charlton Way – 4am to 1pm
  • Shooters Hill Road – 4am to 1pm
  • St. John’s Park – 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • Charlton Road – 7am to 1pm
  • Old Dover Road – 7am to 1pm
  • Little Heath – 7am to 1pm
  • Charlton Park Lane – 7am to 1pm
  • Artillery Square – 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • John Wilson Street – 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • Woolwich Church Road – 7am to 2pm
  • Woolwich Road – 7am to 2pm
  • Trafalgar Road – 7am to 3pm
  • Creek Road – 7am to 3pm
  • Evelyn Street – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Surrey Quays Road – 8am to 4pm
  • Salter Road – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Brunel Road – 8am to 4pm
  • Jamaica Road – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
  • Tower Bridge – 8am to 7pm
  • The Highway (South Side) – 8am to 7pm
  • Narrow Street – 8am to 7pm
  • Westferry Road – 8am to 7pm
  • East Ferry Road – 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Swamp Wall – 8am to 7pm
  • North Colonnade – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • Poplar High Street – 8am to 7pm
  • Trade Street – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • The Highway (North Side) – 8am to 7pm
  • Byward Street – 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Upper Thames Street – 7.30am to 8.30pm
  • Victoria Embankment – ​​7.30am to 8.30pm

What is the London Marathon course?

The inspiring runners will tackle the first course, which will take them through areas of south London including Charlton, Woolwich and Greenwich.

London Marathon route map

It’s a scenic route, but there are probably easier ways to see London (Image: London Marathon)

You’ll pass famous landmarks like the Cutty Sark at mile six.

You will pass Deptford, Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey and cross Tower Bridge after Mile 12.

Halfway through the course, runners head back east towards Limehouse, a lap around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs before returning to Tower Gateway through Shadwell.

The final stretch runs through central London, with a scenic run along the River Thames, past St Paul’s Cathedral and through Blackfriars and Temple before passing the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

You’ll finish with the legendary and memorable run through the shopping center and to Buckingham Palace.

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