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Taxis and buses could also face Oxford Street ban

Taxis and buses could be banned from Oxford Street as part of ambitious plans to revolutionise one of London’s busiest shopping districts.

Transport for London (TFL) has unveiled its consultation into pedestrianising the busiest stretch of the street in a bid to radically reduce the volume of traffic, increase safety and improve air quality. The proposed area to be pedestrianised is from Orchard Street to Oxford Circus.

Shaking up Oxford Street would turn the district into the ”world’s best outdoor shopping experience”, TFL has said, and would also help manage an influx of new visitors once the Crossrail trainline opens in 2018.

“Doing nothing would mean that crowding, road safety, congestion and air quality would simply continue to get worse,” TFL warned.

“We believe we must address these issues to improve the quality of the environment in the Oxford Street district and ensure its continued success for all.”

The eight-week consultation will close on 18 June.

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