Oxford Street is set to be pedestrianised by 2020, with all traffic banned as part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to tackle air pollution.
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The street, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, is known for its high level of pollution. In January last year, pollution in Oxford Street breached the legal limit for the whole of 2015 after just four days, according to academics from King’s College London and campaign group Clean Air in London.
Around four million people visit the 1.2 mile street every week, with many choosing to shop at one of the many fashion retailers including Selfridges, Clarks, Topshop and Zara.
The ban will be rolled out in two stages to ease disruption and will start with the eastern section, between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.
All cars, except taxis, are already banned from most of Oxford Street between 07:00 and 19:00 every day apart from Sunday.