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Avery proposes rival vision for pedestrianising Oxford Street

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According to the TfL 'spider' bus maps for Oxford Circus and Bond Street there are 13 routes along Oxford Street as far as just short of Marble Arch - and it's difficult to see where Councillor Davis gets his 75 routes from. Nevertheless, there are lots of buses, and some routes go out considerable distances, eg. to Willesden, Acton, Hammersmith & Streatham. The figure of around 270 buses an hour - 9 buses every 4 minutes in each direction - sounds about right, and the wide dispersal of destinations combined with the high volume of traffic might seem to make buses the only option, but I wonder if trams (which can shift a far greater volume of people than buses can, and are pollution-free) might be a viable and architecturally harmless alternative, at street level, in a pedestrianised environment. Finances would dictate a gradual shift from buses to trams if the route network remains as existing, but I wonder how much Crossrail (and, in due course, Crossrail 2) will alter traffic flows? As for taxis, there are questions of pollution and of the ongoing challenge of Uber to the traditional London scene - as well as the potential for trams to provide a more civilised travelling experience than buses.

Posted date

5 September, 2016

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11:31 am

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