Virgin London Marathon 2019 – Information for Rotherhithe residents

Rotherhithe | Virgin Marathon 2019

The 39th annual edition of the world’s greatest marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April 2019 and will require road closures and parking restrictions in your area.

Virgin Money London Marathon
Credit: Virgin Money London Marathon

More than 41,000 participants will take on the 26.2-mile course. Southwark will welcome runners just before the nine-mile point on Lower Road and they leave the borough at 12 miles, on Tower Bridge Road.

Advance warning signs will be displayed in affected roads in the build up to Race Day and stewards will be present on the day itself to help. Vehicle removals will start at 06:30 on Sunday 28 April along the whole of the route, so alternative free, secure car parking will be provided for residents.

Bacon’s College on Timber Pond Road will once again provide a free, secure overnight parking facility. The car park will be in operation from 16:00 on Saturday 27 April until 16:00 on Sunday 28 April.

Residents will also have access to free, secure parking in the Brown Zone of the Surrey Quays Car Park on Surrey Quays Road and Deal Porters Way from 16:00 on Saturday 27 April until 15:00 on Sunday 28 April.Residents can return on foot at any time while the road closures are in place to collect their vehicles if they need to exit the peninsula.

Residents who need access onto the peninsula can also use the parking facility.Three Vehicle Crossing Points will operate between 08:00 and 09:30 with a fourth point at Plough Way operating from 08:00 to 09:20.

The Vehicle Crossing Points will operate again at the end of the event while street cleansing is being carried out before the roads reopen fully by 16:00.

See the map overleaf for details of the Vehicle Crossing Points, as well as the exit and entry routes, avoiding the road closures, to Bacon’s College and the Brown Zone of the Surrey Quays Car Park. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in helping to make the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon a success

Virgin Marathon 2019 Rotherhithe Road Area Road access map

Public transport

Full public transport information is available at

Tube / Trains / DLR

London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) all have extra services on event day, and this is by far the best way to get around. Tube services in central areas will be running as normal, but please be aware that services may be extremely busy. The Jubilee, Circle and District lines, and DLR have stops in close proximity to the Marathon route and are likely to be busier than usual.


Buses travelling on roads affected by the Marathon will either be diverted or will not run the full length of their route until after the event. To find out more, visit

Santander Cycles

Some Santander Cycles docking stations located on the Marathon route will be suspended from Saturday evening until Sunday evening.

River Services

MBNA Thames Clippers will be running services from central London to Greenwich Pier, where it’s just a short walk to the Start at Blackheath/Greenwich Park. Visit for more information.Visit or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter for live updates.


Spectators are advised to plan their day carefully and to avoid busy areas. Greenwich town centre and Cutty Sark will be extremely busy. Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the Finish Line on The Mall. Detailed spectator information, including spectator routes and how to track runners, can be found at

You can find more information about other areas on the Virgin Marathon route and additional resources and downloads on the official website:

Disclaimer: WISE16 cannot be held responsible for any event changes or cancellation. We strongly recommend to check with the organiser if you have any questions, especially for those events which require paying a fee.