London’s busiest shopping location Oxford Street is to be pedestrianised by 2020, the Mayor of London has announced. WGSN Global News Editor Nigel Taylor reports
It’s one of the busiest shopping destinations in London, a huge drew for tourists and local businesses alike, and now London’s Oxford Street to be pedestrianised by 2020.
The plan authorised by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan will mean all vehicles being banned from Tottenham Court Road right up to beyond department store Selfridges.
The street is currently a huge hub of commercial activity, with flagship fashion stores from Topshop to Nike, and attracts over 200 million visitors, but it is also incredibly congested with a number of main bus routes running through it. This is the latest attempt to make the area more appealing and safer for visitors, following recent plans such as the widening of footways and a relatively new diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the intersection.
The pedestrianisation will coincide with the opening of Crossrail, the new train line that will cross London from east to west.
Currently cars are banned on most of Oxford Street between 7am and 7pm except for Sundays, but it remains a major thoroughfare for buses and taxis.
Work on the 1.2-mile stretch of road will be rolled out in two stages to keep disruption to the minimum, the deputy mayor for transport Valerie Shawcross told the London Assembly.
The ban will be coming into force in the eastern section first, from Oxford Circus onwards.
The move is part of a commitment from Khan to tackle air pollution in the city.
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