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Oxford Street pedestrianisation plans 'impossible' without major bus changes

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been warned plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street cannot go ahead without major changes to bus routes in the area.

The London Assembly’s Transport committee said the mayor’s proposed changes would be “impossible” without cutting the number of buses and said simply diverting traffic into surrounding streets should be avoided.

Pedestrianising London’s busiest shopping street to help improve the capital’s air quality levels was one of Khan’s key manifesto pledges. In January last year, pollution on Oxford Street breached the legal limit for the entire year in just four days according to academics and campaign group Clear Air in London.

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