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Northern Ireland traffic alerts: Derry traffic and travel for Martin McGuinness and Ryan McBride funerals

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Derry for the funerals of both Martin McGuinness and the footballer Ryan McBride.

The funeral for Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who died on Sunday, will take place at St Columba's Long Tower at 10am, while the service for Martin McGuinness will take place at the same church from 2pm. He will make the final journey from his home to the church at 1.20pm.

Thousands are expected to attend.

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Derry and Strabane District Council has advised those intending to travel to the city to expect traffic delays and to allow extra time for their journey.

The council said it has been working with a number of agencies to ensure arrangements are in place to facilitate the large numbers of people expected to converge on the city and to accommodate other funerals and services taking place in the city.

Access to the City Cemetery will be limited from 6am on Thursday morning and that restricted access will be in place for mourners only. Traffic management systems will be in place throughout the day in the interests of health and safety and in keeping with crowd management procedures.

A spokesperson for the council urged the public to adhere to the advice of stewards at all times and advised that funeral goers should expect traffic restrictions across the city and particular in and around the Long Tower Church and the routes from the wakes to the church and the City Cemetery.

Free car parking has been made available at a number of council owned car parks in the city including Bishop’s Street and William Street. Both car parks will be closed to the general public from 6am on Thursday and will be available only for mourners and those attending funeral services.

Car parking in and around St Columba’s Church, Long Tower, will be very restricted and in order to facilitate mourners car parking is being made available at Lumen Christi College, Bishop’s Field; Celtic Park, the Gasyard Centre, Bishop Street and William Street,

Funeral goers are also encouraged to use all other city centre car parks, to follow the Traffic Management signage and to take the advice of stewards who will be located along the routes.

The spokesperson also urged those visiting the City Cemetery to be mindful that it is a place of rest and to behave respectfully within the grounds, making sure to avoid disturbing graves or property.

The council spokesperson concluded that the co-operation of the wider public would be appreciated throughout the day.

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