DLR strikes - How to get to the London Marathon start line and expo

In the latest update from TfL, runners and spectators will be pleased to hear all DLR strike action has been called off for this London Marathon weekend. 

In a statement TFL said: “The DLR will now run a full service throughout the weekend, enabling participants in the London Marathon to travel to ExCeL to register ahead of the event and reach the start line in Greenwich on Sunday. Passengers travelling to and from London City Airport will also be able to use DLR services as normal.” 

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Mark Davis, Interim General Manager of the DLR, said: “For the thousands of runners raising millions of pounds for charity this weekend, we are delighted that the planned industrial action on the DLR has been suspended. Our services will help all those participating and supporting the London Marathon travel across London for this fantastic event. Walking, cycling and public transport will be the easiest way to get around and make the most of the day and I encourage anyone travelling around south east and central London to be aware of the road closures and to plan their journey in advance.”

How to get to the London Marathon expo: 

The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo opening hours are:

Friday 20th April 10:00-20:00

Saturday 21st April 09:00-17:00

ExCeL London is connected to the Jubilee line at Canning Town via a three-minute DLR (Docklands Light Railway) journey to ExCeL’s dedicated station Prince Regent.

Now that the strike has been cancelled, runners and spectators will be able to use the DLR over marathon weekend. 

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How to get to the Blue Start – bib numbers 2651-23370, 24471-25810, 59481-62800

The easiest way to get to the blue start is to walk from Blackheath station. Trains to Blackheath leave from London Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East. Allow 15-20 minutes to walk from the station to the assembly area and aim to get to the assembly area at least an hour before.

How to get to the Red Start – bib numbers 30921-59480

The easiest way to get to the red start is to use Greenwich or Maze Hill stations. You can get a train to Maze Hill and Greenwich from London Bridge or Cannon Street. There are no services to these locations from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Victoria. You will be able to access Greenwich station via the DLR, or via to Cutty Sark tube station.

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How to get to the Green Start – bib numbers 23371-24470, 25811-30920

The easiest way to get to the green start is to use Maze Hill station. Maze Hill can be accessed via trains from London bridge or Cannon Street.

Travel on Southeastern is free to competitors. You must present your running number to a member of staff at the station. Travel for spectators is not free.