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Avery proposes rival vision for pedestrianising Oxford Street

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Could it be that we Brits have a rather insular attitude to trams? - steel wheels on steel rails are not totally silent, trams have bells that are less intrusive than car horns but give plenty of warning, and I've never thought the tracks to be trip hazards. In fact the greatest criticism in Edinburgh (a long way after that of the incredibly bungled construction project management) was from cyclists, who needed to learn to avoid crossing the tracks at too oblique an angle. Those countless European (and a handful of English) cities where pedestrianised streets see people and trams coexisting satisfactorily surely demonstrate the feasibility of the concept, and in central Melbourne Swanston Street carries 10 routes through varying degrees of pedestrianisation and traffic management - easy to see on Google Streetview.

Posted date

6 September, 2016

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