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Thatcher funeral route, including road closures, bus diversions and travel changes

Posted at 7:45 am, April 16, 2013 in Transport

Thatcher funeral, London: road closures, bus diversions, and other travel changes

Margaret Thatcher’s ever-so-slightly controversial funeral will be taking place tomorrow (Wednesday April 17) and the procession route means there will be a range of road closures and travel issues in force all morning – from 6am onwards.

Which roads will be closed for the funeral procession?

The map of the funeral procession route, from the Houses of Parliament to St. Paul’s, is shown above. Note that Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge are not on the route, but will both be closed, while Waterloo Bridge will be subject to ‘restricted access’ – although to whom it will be restricted is unclear.

Which bus routes will be affected?

As you might imagine, this will affect a fair fistful of bus routes. Play ‘is my morning commute screwed?’ bingo with the following diverted buses:

1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 43, 45
53, 59, 63, 68, 76, 87, 88, 91, 100
133, 139, 141, 148, 159
168, 171, 172, 176, 188
211, 242, 243, 341, 381, 388
453, 507, 521, C10.

That said, TfL also say that “it is anticipated that other routes will need to be curtailed or diverted.” Fun fun fun!

Will tube stations be closed during the funeral procession?

No, they’ll all be open as usual, including Westminster and St. Paul’s.

What time will the closures take place?

Restrictions come into effect around 6am. The service at St Paul’s Cathedral will start at 11am, so the procession should take place in the two hours before that. Travel restrictions should be lifted well before the evening rush hour.

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