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Oxford Street to be partly traffic-free from next year, says mayor

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An 800m stretch of London’s Oxford Street could be largely pedestrianised by the end of next year under plans unveiled today

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan revealed that, under the proposals, no traffic would be allowed to travel along the famous shopping street between Oxford Circus Tube station and Orchard Street near Marble Arch from the end of 2018.

The plans – which are out to consultation until 17 December – are timed to create a new public space for the opening of Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line services through the heart of the capital.

Although traffic could still travel along routes that crisscross Oxford Street, the road itself would be raised level with existing pavements.

New seating would be placed along the street and an 800m-long work of public art may be commissioned. Shops falling within the mainly pedestrianised zone include Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Khan said: ‘This is a hugely exciting moment for the capital. 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.

‘Whether you’re a local resident, a business, or shop in some of the area’s famous stores, our plans will make the area substantially cleaner and safer for everyone, creating one of the finest public spaces in the world.’

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  • ...and who are these designs by?

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  • And where do all the buses go? maybe it's time to revive Ken Livingstone's ideas on tram routes in central London, with a route down Oxford Street, given that trams are a great deal more pedestrian-friendly than buses.

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  • Have a look at Raphael Arthur, a graduate from the LSA's proposal Civic Tithe for Oxford Street!

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