London's Oxford Street could be traffic-free by December 2018.
Thursday 09 November 2017
More than four million people visit Oxford Street each week. All east-west traffic will be stopped but some north-south routes will be maintained, according to the plans.
Other proposals include:
- Raising the roads to pavement level to improve accessibility
- An 800m-long work of public art could be commissioned
- New and extended taxi ranks would be created close to Oxford Street
- Taxis would also still be able to cross Oxford Street at Duke Street, Stratford Place, Vere Street and Harewood Place
- Plans to transform the area east of Oxford Circus will be consulted on next spring
Cyclists would not be able to ride in the pedestrianized area but Transport for London said it would consult on plans to create "new high-quality cycle routes" to the north and south of Oxford Street. Mr 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. "Alongside the arrival of the Elizabeth Line, the Oxford Street area will be truly transformed over the coming years."