London mayor, Sadiq Khan announces plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, in the hope of combating pollution and improving safety for visitors, reports Angela Ansari
Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that by this time next year Oxford Street’s traffic will cease. Mr Khan said: “(the plans are) hugely exciting moment for the capital”.
Transport for London says they have been working since the summer of 2016 to reduce the number of buses operating along Oxford Street.
Annie, a commuter said: “I travel to university 5 days a week and even though The University of Westminster is literally a two minute walk fro oxford street station, because of the over population it takes me a good ten minutes to walk to my lectures.”
With Oxford street being one of Londons biggest tourist destinations with millions of visitors every year, The idea of creating free and spacious place to walk around is definitely a priority for the public.
At the start of January 2012 and September 2015, one close enough near death collision and accident happens every seven days, according to Kahn’s office.
Mayor Khan has also proposed to have a ban of cyclists on Oxford Street. Five-thousand cyclists a day use the section between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court. The ban would reduce the chances of collision and accidents.
Ms Shawcross says ‘buses would be rerouted around Oxford Street, but did not give details of planned routes.”
Siwan Puw, policy manager at the London Chambers of Commerce, said: “The huge increase in footfall will require clear planning to maximise pedestrian safety and minimise disruption to businesses.
These new changes to a safer and newer London with the mayors gradual improvements will help making Oxford Street a pedestrian boulevard.