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Avery proposes rival vision for pedestrianising Oxford Street


Councillor Davis is certainly right that its a difficult problem. Trams may have the capacity but it would still require an awful lot of them and they'd be nose to tail in both directions. I'm not sure either that given the particular pattern of behaviour in the street with large numbers of people whose eyes and minds are on the shops and crossing from one side to the other, that this would be a very safe option. The rails are trip hazards and the trams, if rubber tyred, might be too quiet to heed in time. In addition they would also need to stop at every north-south crossing street with consequent delays to the service and the back-ups would undoubtedly cause difficulties for pedestrians trying to cross there because the trams are so very much longer than buses. Furthermore, unless the trams replace every one of the bus routes across the entire city there would need to be somewhere to change from a tram to a bus and that could result in a very big interchange somewhere close to the ends of the street and offhand I can't think of any site there that wouldn't be hugely contentious.

Posted date

5 September, 2016

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6:29 pm


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