Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Oxford Street to be car-free by 2020

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.

About 270 buses travel along Oxford Street every day

Oxford Street

Source: Photo Credit Andrew Meredith

About 270 buses travel along Oxford Street every day

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.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.