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London Plans to Make Oxford Street Shopping Area Vehicle-Free by 2020

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London’s Oxford Street will be pedestrianized by 2020
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Shopaholics around the world know of Oxford Street. This street in London is considered one of the most famous shopping areas in the world, and for good reason. It is lined with every shop imaginable, making it a hub of activity in the notoriously busy city.

If you don’t believe me, then think on this—more than four million people visit Oxford Street each week. So, yeah. It’s preeeeetty freakin’ busy.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that the mayor of London has decided to make the street car-free by 2020.

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While cars are already banned on the majority of the 1.2-mile street between 7am and 7pm every day—with the exception of Sunday—this complete ban is sure to make the streets even safer. The ban itself will stretch from Tottenham Court Road to as far as Marble Arch.

The project is set to go down in two stages. It will first be implemented in the eastern section, which stretches between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus. From there, the rest of the street will be banned after a while.

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This won’t be the first time cars will be banned from the area. Besides the aforementioned times, there are pedestrian-only Christmas shopping days, which were introduced by London’s first elected mayor, Ken Livingstone, in 2005. Since then, traffic-free shopping days have been a feature on the street.

Right now, even with the 7am-to-7pm ban on traffic, buses are allowed to run their routes on Oxford Street. After the ban is enforced, these bus routes will be detoured around it.

News Source: BBC News

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    A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran lives in Dayton, Ohio at the moment and loves getting down and nerdy with English. After recently graduating from the University of Dayton with her Masters in English Literature, Caitlin is now combining her love of writing and cars for The News Wheel. She is also continuing her love affair with traveling, broadening her knowledge of foreign automobiles. See more articles by Caitlin.