Train and bus advice as London Marathon, FA Cup semi-final and Premier League matches held on same day

Runners pass the Tower of London during the London marathon
Some roads will be shut and railway stations will be busy on the day of the London Marathon -Credit:NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images

Sunday April 21 is set to be a busy day in the capital. The London Marathon, second FA Cup semi-final and Premier League matches are all set to be held.

This will mean people will be needing to use the city's public transport system to get where they want to go. Wembley, Fulham and Crystal Palace are expected to be busy, as well as the route of the marathon.

MyLondon has looked at timings and locations and provided travel advice, for those wanting to attend the events being put on or Londoners who will just be going about their regular weekend business.

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London Marathon

Road closures

Here are just a few of the major roads that will be closed on the day of the London Marathon. You can find the full list here.

In Westminster , The Mall and Marlborough Road will be closed from 5am on Thursday, April 18 and reopened 6pm on Monday, April 22. Spur Road, Constitution Hill, Horseguards Road and Birdcage Walk (eastbound) will all be closed from 6am Friday, April 19 and reopened at 6am Monday, April 22. Birdcage Walk will be open for westbound traffic until 7.30am on Saturday, April 20, when it will be closed. It will be reopened at 6am on Monday, April 22.

In Blackheath , Southvale Road, Hurren Close, Collins Street, and Baizdon will be closed from 7am to 1pm. Greenwich Foot Tunnel will be closed from north to south between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Alternative arrangements are in place on the DLR services from Island Gardens. In Rotherhithe , Timber Pond Road, Poolmans Street, Needleman Street, Surrey Quays Road and Lower Road will be closed for the races.

Passengers look at a map of Tube stations
Tubes are set to be busy as people travel to events -Credit:Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

There are also 21 vehicle crossing points throughout the race in Charlton, Woolwich, Blackwall Tunnel, Greenwich, Deptford, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, Wapping and Shadwell. Find the full list and details here.

Stations likely to be busy

The startline , being in South East London, doesn't actually have a Tube station. The nearest railway station is Blackheath - a national rail station. Otherwise, the DLR in Lewisham is the closest thing to a Tube train nearby but you'll have to change to get the Blackheath anyway because it's a long walk.

In Woolwich , there are several national rail stations where you can go to support the runners. These are Westcombe Park, Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard.

In Greenwich and Deptford the DLR serves Greenwich while Deptford is largely stationless until Surrey Quays Overground station. Over in Rotherhithe , Canada Water serves the area with the Jubilee line. Bermondsey is unsurprisingly served by Bermondsey, also on the Jubilee line.

Tower Hill station is close to the famous crossing at Tower Bridge and over on the Isle of Dogs , Canary Wharf Jubilee line and Elizabeth line stations are there for use as well as several options on the DLR. As the race goes further west through the City of London Mansion House, Blackfriars, Temple, Embankment, Westminster and St James' Park all are very close by.

FA Cup semi-final

On the same day, Coventry City are taking on Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Fans of the West Midlands and Northwest clubs will be driving or travelling to the capital on trains.

Some may be making the journey the day before. West Midlands Railway and Avanti West Coast provide rail services from Coventry to London.

The latter will also be carrying Manchester United fans, as the operator provides direct services from the city to Euston.

Haji Wright of Coventry City celebrates scoring the winning goal with Ben Sheaf and Liam Kitching at Molineux on March 16, 2024 in Wolverhampton
Coventry City booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers last month -Credit:Marc Atkins/Getty Images

From Euston, fans will most likely take the Victoria line to Green Park, then change to the Jubilee line to Wembley. These parts of the Tube network are therefore expected to be busy.

Alternatively, Coventry fans may choose to drive to London via the M40 or M1 and the A40 or A406.

Kick off is at 3.30pm. After the game, from around 5.30pm, attendees will head home.

Premier League matches

Fulham v Liverpool

Avanti West Coast services take customers directly from Liverpool to London Euston. From there, fans from the northwest can choose to take the Victoria line to the District line, the Circle line to the Hammersmith and City line, or the Northern to the Piccadilly line.

These trips may involve using 220 or 430 buses. The M40 and M4 will take motorists to Craven Cottage.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United

East to south public transport links are expected to be busy on the day. These include the Elizabeth line between Maryland and Whitechapel and the Overground to Crystal Palace.

An aerial view of Selhurst Park in South London
Fans will be travelling to Selhurst Park from Liverpool -Credit:Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Fans may also use the London Underground, such as District and Hammersmith and City lines from Plaistow or the Jubilee line between Stratford and Canada Water.

Southern National Rail services, of course, also travel southwards to the Eagles. Alternatively, drivers may choose to get there via the A11, A1203 or the A215.

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