Oxford Circus Piazza

Oxford Street’s green renaissance as radical new plans revealed

Shoppers, tourists and workers will be able to stroll across Oxford Circus without dodging the traffic for the first time under radical plans to create a pedestrian “piazza” in the heart of the West End.

A 150m-long section of Oxford Street, on either side of Britain’s busiest pedestrian junction, is to be closed to vehicles by the end of the year, effectively cutting “London’s high street” in two. Under the proposals, revealed by Westminster council working with The Crown Estate, on Wednesday morning, the stretch from John Prince’s Street to the west of Oxford Circus, through to Great Portland Street to the east will be shut to buses and taxis.

This will be turned into two pedestrian “piazzas” on either side of Oxford Circus. There will still be traffic along Regent Street but this will be “calmed” through longer green phases at pedestrian crossings and other measures…

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