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Sorry, London: Oxford Street won’t be pedestrianised after all

James Manning

If there’s one thing we were really, really looking forward to this year, it was an end to the hellscape that is the Oxford Street shopping experience. Both TfL and the Mayor were hoping to pedestrianise Europe’s busiest street from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street by Christmas, when the Elizabeth line comes to Bond Street. It would’ve meant a cleaner, safer, way nicer Oxford Street experience for all us shoppers – albeit at the expense of diverting traffic to side streets.

But now Westminster Council has slammed on the brakes. In a letter to residents, it’s said that pedestrianisation is ‘off the table for good’ following a public consultation – even though nearly two thirds of people who responded supported the plans. So it’s back to the drawing board for the Mayor, and back to frantically dodging taxis and buses on Christmas Eve for the rest of us. Bah, humbug.

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