Retail leaders called for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street following the opening of the Westfield London shopping centre.
Don McCarthy, chairman of House of Fraser, which opened its most upscale store concept to date at the centre, told Drapers: "Westfield has really upped the ante for west London in terms of quality of shopping offer and experience. Oxford Street will be forced to respond."
He added that Oxford Street needs to be pedestrian-only from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus. "We need to clear the street of vehicles and it will transform the experience for shoppers," he said.
Marks & Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose echoed McCarthy's sentiments and said: "It's quite simple really, we need the visitor to Oxford Street to be able to cross the street to shop without fear of being run over all the time. Let's get rid of the vehicles."