London Weekend Travel Changes

April 25, 2019

London Marathon 2019 – Be part of the action!

London will be buzzing with the atmosphere this Sunday as runners and spectators take the streets for the marathon. 

There are many road closures, and we suggest that you use public transport to get around the capital this Sunday. Use Moovit to check for disruptions, and plan your best route. 

Here’s what’s in store: the elite wheelchair race starts at 08:55, followed by the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory) at 09:00 and the elite women at 09:15. The elite men will start at 10:00, followed by the masses.

Public Transport Changes

Circle Line 

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, no service on the entire line

District Line  

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, no service between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road.


Sunday 28 April, until 1730, a special service operates to provide extra capacity for participants in and spectators of the London Marathon. All trains to/from Bank and Tower Gateway will operate to/from Lewisham, with earlier trains from Tower Gateway to Lewisham from 0530. Other services operate as follows: Stratford to Canary Wharf; Poplar to Beckton; Poplar to Woolwich Arsenal; Stratford International to Canning Town. You may find it easier to use Jubilee line connections at Canning Town if travelling towards Beckton or Woolwich Arsenal. There will be no direct trains between Westferry and Poplar. Please note a queuing system will apply at stations along the Marathon route. The normal service resumes at 1730 and finishes at usual Sunday times.

Hammersmith & City Line 

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, no service between Hammersmith and Moorgate.


Sunday 28 April, until 1200, no service between Richmond / Shepherds Bush and Camden Road. Use District line between Richmond and Gunnersbury and local buses between Shepherds Bush and Willesden Junction. Replacement buses operate between Gunnersbury and Camden Road.

Until further notice, reduced weekday service between Gospel Oak and Barking. A temporary timetable is in place, with four car trains running every 30 minutes. Supplementary bus services will also run. From Tuesday 23 until Friday 26 April, the 2325 train from Gospel Oak to Barking will not operate – the 2248 will be the last service from Gospel Oak.


Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, no service between Wembley Park and Aldgate due to track and ballast replacement work, use Jubilee line or Chiltern Railways services instead.


Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 April, there will be no trams between Sandilands and Birkbeck/Elmers End due to planned works. Replacement buses will operate between East Croydon and Birkbeck.

National Rail


No trains to / from London Fenchurch Street on Saturday 27 April

Trains will be diverted to London Liverpool Street. Southend Central – Ockendon – London Fenchurch Street services will run between Grays and Upminster only.

Ticket acceptance is in place with the following operators to help you with your journey:

  • London Underground District Line between Tower Hill and Upminster
    London Underground Jubilee Line between West Ham and Stratford
    Docklands Light Railway between Tower Gateway and Stratford

Gatwick Express

On Saturday, a reduced service will run between London Victoria and Brighton, calling at Gatwick Airport. Trains will run every 30 minutes in both directions.

On Sunday, no Gatwick Express services will run. Customers should use alternative Southern services to complete their journey.

Great Western Railway

Buses replace evening / morning trains to / from Burnham and Taplow on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

Saturday evening / Sunday morning:

  • From 23:00 on Saturday, until 00:30, no trains will call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham / Taplow.
  • After 00:30 for all day on Sunday, no train or bus service will serve Taplow as the station does not normally have a Sunday service.
  • Between 00:30 and 08:00 on Sunday, buses will replace trains between Slough and Burnham.

Sunday evening:

  • After 22:15, buses will replace trains between Slough and Burnham.

South Western Railway

Buses replace trains between Richmond and Hounslow / Teddington on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

Buses will replace trains between Richmond and Hounslow, and also between Richmond and Teddington.

Services that usually run between London Waterloo and Reading will be diverted, calling additionally at Barnes and Hounslow.


Amended 14:26 Southampton Central to Brighton service on Saturday 27 April

The 14:26 Southampton Central to Brighton service will be amended to start from Southampton Central at 14:37, and will not call at Southampton Airport Parkway, Eastleigh or Botley. Customers should use alternative train services.

No Southern trains between Shepherds Bush and Watford Junction from 19:45 on Saturday 27 until 12:00 on Sunday 28 April

Trains that usually run between East Croydon / Clapham Junction and Watford Junction will run between East Croydon / Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush only. Valid tickets can be used on Southern services between East Croydon / Clapham Junction and London Victoria, London Underground between London Victoria and Euston, and London Northwestern Railway services between London Euston and Watford Junction

Amended service between Purley and Redhill on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

On Saturday services will be retimed, with journeys taking longer than usual. Trains will depart / arrive earlier or later than usual.

On Sunday, a reduced service will run to / from London Victoria, with many trains being amended to run to / from London Bridge. Valid tickets to / from London Victoria can be used on London Underground services between London Bridge and London Victoria.

Services between London Victoria and Reigate will not run. Customers should change at Redhill for alternative services to / from London stations. Services between London and Brighton will be extended, and will take longer than usual.


Amended service between Purley and Redhill on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

On Saturday and Sunday, services will not call at Coulsdon South or Merstham. Customers should travel on alternative Southern services to / from these stations.



Source: TFL

Source: Thameslink

Source: NationalRail


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