Plans underway to ban cars from Oxford Street in London
If approved, the pedestrian-only zone could be implemented as early as next year
Controversial new plans have been announced by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to ban cars from Oxford Street in an effort to turn the space into “the world’s best outdoor shopping experience”.
This is just one of the Mayor’s latest proposals in a bid to reduce the level of toxic emissions in the capital and part of a larger project which is projected to cost around £50million.
Other cities throughout the world are making similar plans in an effort to reduce emissions in and around their centres.
Oxford Street, which is located in Westminster in London’s West End, is famous the world over and attracts more than 500,000 visitors per day.
Under the Mayor’s new plans, around half a mile of Oxford Street, from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street, would be turned into a car-free zone by next year.
If approved, work will be carried out to raise the carriageway so it’s level with the existing pavements, extra seating areas will be introduced as well as more pedestrian crossings and the city would like to commission a 2,625 footlong mural to be painted on the road as a centre piece.
Mayor Kahn said he hopes the plans will be implemented to coincide with the new Elizabeth Crossrail line set to open in late 2018 which should bring even more people to the area.
The new plans are open for public consultation until 17 December 2017.
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