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Retail bosses promote West End traffic free day

M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose, Jaeger owner Harold Tillman and John lewis chairman Charlie Mayfield were among the retail bosses who joined London Mayor Boris Johnson at London’s Oxford Circus this morning to promote the West End’s traffic-free day on December 6.

Rose, Mayfield, Tillman and Liberty chief executive Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye braved the chills on Oxford Street this morning, along with around 20 Santas, for a photocall.

London’s Oxford Street and Regent Street will be closed to traffic on December 6 to help boost Christmas shopping in the West End.

The New West End Company, which promotes the West End, said it was in discussions to have two traffic-free days next year, including one in the summer.

Following the launch of the Westfield London shopping in West London last week, Rose, along with House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy said said that the West End needed to improve its shopping experience, and called for Oxford Street to be pedestrianised.

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