Londons Oxford Street to be pedestrianised by 2020

18 July 2016 | Adaptation

Oxford Street will be pedestrianised by 2020, the mayor of London’s office has announced.

The central London shopping hub is one of the busiest in the capital and is visited by more than 4 million people each week. The plan will be rolled out in two stages to reduce disruption on the 1.2-mile stretch of road.

Valerie Shawcross, London’s deputy mayor for transport, told the London assembly that the plan was to ban all vehicles from Tottenham Court Road to beyond Selfridges and the entrance to Bond Street tube station.

The ban would be first implemented on the eastern section, from Oxford Circus onwards, she said.

The plan, reported in the Times, is part of a commitment by the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, to tackle air pollution in the city. He has already pledged to introduce a charge for the most polluting vehicles.

The pedestrianisation will coincide with the opening of Crossrail – a new east-west train line for the city.

Cars are already banned on most of Oxford Street between 7am and 7pm every day except Sunday, but it is a major thoroughfare for buses and taxis.

One big problem to solve will be what to do with the 168 buses an hour that trundle along the street. Many local streets are residential and diverting bus routes there will simply create more congestion issues. Robert Davis, the deputy leader of Westminster city council, says this is a “major problem”.


Source: The Guardian