Oxford Street could be pedestrianised by December 2018

Plans to pedestrianise one of Britain’s busiest shopping destinations were drafted by Mayor Sadiq Khan and Westminster City Council Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL earlier this week.

 

The plan sees half-mile section between Orchard Street to Oxford Street to be traffic free from east to west.

Justifying the move, Khan said: “Oxford Street is world famous with millions of visitors every year, and in just over a year the iconic part of the street west of Oxford Circus could be transformed into a traffic-free pedestrian boulevard.”

Transport for London had taken a blatant step last summer in an attempt to reduce the number of busses on the street due to increasing traffic and congestion.

Oxford Street
Oxford Street in central London is one of top global shopping destinations. Photo: Evening Standard

While environmentalists appreciated this project the cab drivers saw this as a move that will harm their business.

New and extended ranks for taxis to pick-up and drop customers will be installed nearby once the plan is in place.

“We listened to what people said as part of the first consultation and we now want to hear from as many people as possible about what they think about the detailed plans before we take any final decisions,” said Robert Davis.

The measures are aimed to be commissioned by next December and will coincide with the launch of the highly awaited Elizabeth line, which is expected to bring in more tourists.

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