Bond Street in central London is to undergo a £10m overhaul to its public realm, which will be completed to coincide with the opening of the Elizabeth (Crossrail) line at the end of next year.
The project aims to improve the experience for pedestrians while still allowing traffic on the street.
The first phase will encompass New Bond Street between Bruton Street and Grafton Street and include the pedestrian area where the Allies Sculpture is situated. Footpaths will be widened and York stone introduced, with green, granite and silver granite set to replace the existing paving.
During the second phase, the area between Burlington Gardens and Bruton Street will undergo a transformation including a new paving layout to create a pedestrian-friendly space.
Additional improvements over the 18-month period will include the introduction of a two-way traffic flow scheme on Davies Street and Brook Street, new wall-mounted lighting, improved signage and a the removal of some street furniture to help create a feeling of space.
The project is a partnership between New West End Company and Transport for London, supported by businesses on the street.
On Monday, Westminster City Council and Transport for London launched a major public consultation about a long-term vision for the Oxford Street district to manage the millions of additional visitors and enhance the West End’s position as a leading international shopping area.