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Record numbers turn out for Oxford Street's traffic free day

Shoppers spent around £50 million in the West End as more than 500,000 visitors headed to London Oxford Street’s traffic free day on Saturday.

Oxford Street saw a record number of visitors for a May Bank Holiday. Shoppers were treated to street entertainment and special in-store events as the street was closed to traffic on Saturday May 23 between 12pm and 5pm.

Visitor numbers were boosted by the “staycation” trend as people chose to stay at home rather than travel abroad over the holiday period, according to the New West End Company, which represents retailers in the West End.

New West End Company chief executive Richard Dickinson said: “Today’s event has involved six months of planning and the hard work of more than 100 people. We hope that it will give Londoners and those from other parts of the UK a great reason to rediscover the West End with its fantastic breadth of retail across 600 stores, great galleries, superb shows, restaurants for every pocket and much more besides. This scale is what makes the West End unique and our event is a birthday party for both Londoners and others to enjoy.” 

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