If you’ve ever tried to cross Oxford Street in the morning, evening or, in fact, at any time of the day, you’ll know that it can be a bit like playing a game of Frogger. But that could be all be about to change, as TfL has announced plans to drastically cut the number of buses on London’s busiest shopping street.
TfL said that reducing buses would ensure ‘faster and more reliable’ services. With that in mind, there's talk of cutting the number of buses on Oxford Street by almost half the current amount.
Under the plans being considered, Park Lane, Tottenham Court Road and Trafalgar Square have been earmarked as alternative stopping points, with route alterations taking effect by summer 2017. Whilst bus use has risen outside zone 1, Londoners are increasingly turning to the tube for speedy journeys across the city centre, according to TfL figures.
Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn has pledged to ban traffic on Oxford Street by 2020. Now if he could only ban slow-walking tourists and those shops that sell ‘I Love London’ vuvuzelas and Big Ben keyrings…