New plans to make a large section of Oxford Street traffic-free have been published for consultation, and could come into effect by next December if it gains public support.
The plans seek to transform the area between Oxford Circus and Orchard Street by creating a “pedestrian friendly” area to accommodate the rising visitor numbers expected with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line.
Wider pavements, new cycle routes, 25 new pedestrian crossings and additional taxi ranks have all been proposed in the new plans, which will be publicly consulted on until December 17 to allow anyone to have their say.
An 800m long art piece could also be commissioned for the development, as well as new seating.
The proposed improvements come amid widespread investment in London’s West End, including improvements to Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street stations in preparation for the competition of the Elizabeth Line in 2019.
“This is a hugely exciting moment for the capital,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.
“Oxford Street is world famous with millions of visitors every year, and in just over a year the iconic part of the street west of Oxford Circus could be transformed into a traffic-free pedestrian boulevard.
“Whether you’re a local resident, a business, or shop in some of the area’s famous stores, our plans will make the area substantially cleaner and safer for everyone, creating one of the finest public spaces in the world.
“Alongside the arrival of the Elizabeth Line, the Oxford Street area will be truly transformed over the coming years.
“We will continue to work closely with residents, businesses and Westminster Council to ensure the plans are the very best they can be, including investing in wider pavements, pedestrian crossings, more taxi ranks and further high-quality cycling infrastructure to support everyone living and working in the wider area.”