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NWEC builds its bus congestion campaign

The New West End Company is inviting Londoners to discuss solutions to the “wall of red buses” at a half-day summit next month.

The ‘People Not Traffic’ initiative is aimed at any Londoners with a view on the future of traffic in the West End, from retailers and property owners in and around Bond Street to transport specialists and shoppers.

The conference will discuss how practical solutions can be developed to create the most positive urban shopping experience possible.

It builds on the campaign launched by New West End Company as part of its re-election manifesto last month. Although the decision to tackle the “wall of red buses” is near-universally approved, deputy mayor Kit Malthouse rustled feathers when he rejected outright the need to do so.

Today Programme presenter Sarah Montague will chair the conference with keynote contributions from Jon Orcutt – the man responsible for pedestrianising Times Square – along with senior figures from local and national government and the London Mayor’s office. Audience members will be invited to put their questions to the panel.

The half-day conference will take place on November 15 at The Royal Society of Medicine on Wimpole Street and anyone interested in attending should visit

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