Could London’s Oxford Street Be Car-Free by December 2018?

Could London’s Oxford Street Be Car-Free by December 2018?

Cities around the world are looking at car-free streets—for both quality of life and safety after recent attacks—and London is no exception. Plans put forward by London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, would make Oxford St., one of London’s main pedestrian arteries with 4 million people visiting each week, traffic-free by December 18.

The plan would stop traffic from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street, and the closure would coincide with the opening of the Elizabeth Line in central London in December.

According to BBC, there are other plans/alternatives to stopping traffic:

  • Raising the roads to pavement level to improve accessibility
  • An 800m-long work of public art could be commissioned
  • New and extended taxi ranks would be created close to Oxford Street
  • Taxis would also still be able to cross Oxford Street at Duke Street, Stratford Place, Vere Street and Harewood Place
  • Plans to transform the area east of Oxford Circus will be consulted on next spring
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