Oxford Street: pedestrianise or die?

Oxford Street: pedestrianise or die?

Everyone agrees that Londons greatest high street must change radically. But in what way, exactly?

The windows of Selfridges are a fairytale delight and exceptional lights are promised for Bond Street. But, for the second year running, Londons showcase West End shopping streets will not be hosting its almost traditional Very Important Pedestrian (VIP) day in the run up to Christmas, during which all motor vehicles would be banned.

Just as last year, the reason is that the 600 retailer members of the New West End Company (NWEC), business improvement district think their marketing funds better spent on different things. Just as last year, this is a shame. The beauty of VIP Days is that theyve provided a glimpse of what Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street could be like if the only traffic they contained was on foot.

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Source: Guardian Transport