Oxford Street, the shop-filled hellhole that also happens to be the most polluted street in the UK, is set to go car-, van-, bus and lorry- free by 2020. The 1.2-mile stretch between Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street Tube station is set to be completely pedestrianised, which should also help combat the issue of impossibly slow walkers armed with giant Selfridges bags.
The pedestrianisation process will be carried out in two parts, in order to minimise disruption. The first phase of work will be focused on the eastern section of Oxford Street, which promises to be even more hellish than usual over the next few years, what with the plan to open new Crossrail stations at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street in December 2018.
Cars are already banned from the majority of Oxford Street between 7am and 7pm every day apart from Sunday, but around 270 buses reportedly whizz up and down it every day. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has made it clear that he wants to tackle the capital’s pollution problem, and has already outlined plans to introduce additional charges for older cars and diesel-chuggers. [Times via Standard]
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