London's Oxford Street could be pedestrianised by the end of next year to create the "world's best outdoor shopping experience", according to the Mayor .
Plans for a traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus, unveiled on Monday (November 6), could be delivered by December 2018 to coincide with the launch of Elizabeth Line services .
If approved, plans could include new high-quality public spaces, cycle routes, 25 improved pedestrian crossings, wider pavements and additional taxi ranks.
It would create new traffic-free public spaces in the heart of London to rival other world cities such as Paris and New York.
Throughout the consultation, people can have their say on the plans, which would create an “unrivalled place to live and visit” and a “truly pedestrian-friendly environment”.
The plans would mean all east-west traffic is restricted from entering Oxford Street between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus, while maintaining north-south routes through that section.
The carriageway would be raised to be level with existing pavements between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus during this first stage, making the area “more accessible for everyone”.
“This is a hugely exciting moment for the capital,” Sadiq Khan said on Monday (November 6).
“Oxford Street is world-famous with millions of visitors each 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."
The Mayor added: “Alongside the arrival of the Elizabeth Line, the Oxford Street area will be truly transformed over the coming years.”
Plans for Oxford Street also include new seating and a new 800 metre-long work of public art that could be commissioned for the length of the former carriageway.
This project coincides with wider improvements being made across the West End, including the transformation of Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations and the Baker Street two-way project.
Transport for London has been working since summer 2016 to reduce bus services operating on Oxford Street by 40%, but this number would be reduced further if plans are approved.
Cllr Robert Davis said: “With the opening of the Elizabeth line next year and expected increase in visitor numbers, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the Oxford Street district into the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and an unrivalled place to live, work and visit.
“There is a huge amount of public and private investment happening across the West End which is so important in generating opportunities and prosperity for Londoners.
“We want Oxford Street and the surrounding neighbourhoods to be the jewel in the crown.”
A public consultation on the plans runs until December 17.
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