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Updated Travel advice for Baroness Thatcher’s funeral – Wednesday 17 April 2013



15 April 2013

· Road closures in central London from 07.30

· Motorists advised to avoid Westminster and the City of London on Wednesday 17 April

· Some bus routes through central London curtailed and on diversion

Transport for London has issued updated travel advice for the day of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday 17 April. 

The funeral is ceremonial and will include road closures and bus diversions in parts of central London.  Transport for London is working with the Government, Metropolitan Police, Westminster Council and other agencies to ensure people travelling to and from the area can do so quickly and safely and to minimise disruption caused by road closures and diversions.

Whether travelling for the funeral or for other journeys to central London people are advised to check the TfL website to plan their route and for updates on service changes that may affect their journeys.  TfL’s social media channels also provide up to the minute information on services

TfL Travel Ambassadors will be available at locations across central London to help anyone who needs travel advice.

More detail is now available on some additional road closures and expected reopening times.


The route of the funeral procession runs from The Palace of Westminster, through Parliament Square, along Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square, on to the Strand, Aldwych, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill where it will end at St Paul’s Cathedral.   These roads and roads in the surrounding areas and other areas in central London will be closed from 07.30.  Parliament Square will be closed from 09.00 and is expected to reopen by 10.15.  Waterloo Bridge will be closed for buses and other large vehicles, but will remain open for cars and smaller vans.  Blackfriars and Westminster Bridges will remain open for access to Victoria Embankment, other routes from the bridges will be closed.

Further details can be found at

Planned road closures include all of the roads on the funeral route, all roads adjoining the route.  The following key roads will be closed:

Parliament Square


Trafalgar Square

The Stand


Fleet Street

Ludgate Hill

Farringdon Road


Charing Cross Road

The Mall

Victoria Street


St Paul’s Churchyard

Cannon Street



Road closures will be implemented from at least 07.30hrs on Wednesday 17 April.  Roads west of Aldwych are expected to be fully reopened by midday, Aldwych and roads to the east are expected to be fully reopened by 15.00hrs

They will be lifted as soon as possible following the funeral, but road users are advised to avoid this part of central London throughout the day. 

Click here for information regarding taxi rank closures


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