London's Oxford Street to be vehicle-free by 2020

No more narrowly dodging buses and listening to the constant honk of angry horns for Oxford Street shoppers as the renowned shopping destination will be totally pedestrianised by 2020, according to the Mayor of London's office.

The central London shopping hub is one of the busiest in the capital and is visited by more than four million people a week, according to The Times.

The plan will be rolled out in two stages to reduce disruption on the 1.2-mile stretch.

 shoppers on Oxford Street
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Valerie Shawcross, London's deputy mayor for transport, told the London Assembly that the plan was to ban all vehicles from Tottenham Court Road to beyond Selfridges and the entrance to Bond Street Tube station.

The ban will be first implemented on the eastern section, from Oxford Circus onwards, she said.

The plan, reported in The Times, is part of new mayor Sadiq Khan's commitment to tackle air pollution in the city. He has already pledged to introduce a charge for the most polluting vehicles.

A BHS store on Oxford Street in London,
(Philip Toscano/PA)

The pedestrianisation will coincide with the opening of Crossrail - a new east-west train line.

Cars are already banned on most of Oxford Street between 7am and 7pm on every day apart from Sunday, but it is a major thoroughfare for buses and taxis.

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