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London Roads Closed, PMQs Suspended for Thatcher Funeral

Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament in London. The ceremonial funeral procession on April 17 will start from Parliament in Westminster. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament in London. The ceremonial funeral procession on April 17 will start from Parliament in Westminster. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Roads in central London will be closed for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, the capital’s transport authority said, while Prime Minister David Cameron’s weekly question-and-answer session in Parliament will be canceled.

The ceremonial funeral procession on April 17 will run from Parliament in Westminster, along Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square, on to the Strand, Aldwych, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill, where it will end at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Those roads and others in the surrounding areas and elsewhere areas in central London will be subject to closures and parking restrictions, Transport for London said in an e-mailed statement today. Blackfriars and Westminster Bridges will be closed for the duration of the event, and Waterloo Bridge will have restricted access. BBC television is scheduled to begin live coverage of the event at 9:15 a.m. local time.

In the House of Commons, the session at which lawmakers challenge the premier over the government’s policies, traditionally held at noon on Wednesdays, will be scrapped.

“It seems to me that if you have got this major ceremonial funeral on that day, having the knockabout of prime minister’s questions at the same time might feel a bit odd,” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told LBC radio today.

The Commons will sit at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the funeral and will meet late into the evening.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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