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TRAVEL: Delays on First Great Western

Disruption on First Great Western between Reading and Basingstoke due to broken down train at Bramley (Hampshire).

Delays of up to 60 minutes and cancellations can be expected. There is no current estimate for when a normal service will resume. Also affecting CrossCountry.

Closure in Bramdean

A272 both ways closed due to serious accident, a single vehicle involved between Wood Lane and B3046 / Kilmeston Road. Police advise the road is likely to remain closed for some time. No official diversion route has been implemented.

Problems on Condor Ferries

Advance Warning - all sailings cancelled on Condor Ferries between Poole and Guernsey, and between Poole and Jersey due to adverse weather conditions. Thursday's sailings between Poole and the Channel Islands have been cancelled


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Dedicated Thatcher admirers wait to pay respects

Margaret Kittle, 79, said she travelled from Canada for the funeral as soon as she heard of Lady Thatcher's death, taking up her position outside St Paul's Cathedral at 8am yesterday.

It was a cold night, the damp goes through you but I always said I would come to the UK for Margaret Thatcher's funeral because I respect her.

I think she did a lot for the world. We will never see the likes of Mrs Thatcher again.

John Loughrey, 58, arrived at St Paul's shortly after Mrs Kittle yesterday morning.

I came in respect of Lady Thatcher. She came to power in a man's world and she won. Everything she fought for, she won.

She was a great politician. We were living in the dark and she brought us back to the light. She put the 'great' back in Great Britain.

She was very strong minded and she knew how to work. We will be talking about her for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

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Police close off roads around Parliament Square

Police block off the road around Parliament Square. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The funeral route will start at the Palace Westminster before taken up Whitehall, past Trafalgar Square and to the church of St Clement Danes in the Strand.

A spectator sporting a Union Flag hat and coat speaks to a police officer at Parliament Square. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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