Significant amounts of London’s iconic Oxford Street could be pedestrianized by December 2018, if the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposals are met favorably. He’s hoping about half a mile of the street will become a “traffic-free pedestrian boulevard”, coinciding with the arrival of the new Crossrail line in central London in December 2018. Saskia O’Donoghue reports.
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London’s most famous shopping street could become a pedestrian haven.
The city’s mayor proposing that about half a mile of Oxford Street should be closed to most traffic, becoming a ‘traffic-free pedestrian boulevard’.
Sadiq Khan hopes that the project can be completed in just over a year – by December 2018.
He’s calling for Londoners to have their say on his plans, saying the proposed timing is down to the upcoming opening of the city’s new east-west crossrail line, which will bring even more people into the center of town.
Now the plans are out for consultation until December 17.
The mayor, who was elected last year, has garnered support from environmentalists with a number of his policies previously.
Most notably in October, when he introduced the T-Charge – a big new levy on the most polluting vehicles entering the city.
With electric buses also in the works and now pedestrianization, this central London hub could be far less polluted in years to come.