Oxford Circus will no longer be a road junction, and the sides facing Oxford Street will be pedestrianised, under plans announced today. The two sides of Oxford Street leading to Oxford Circus will be pedestrianised, while Regent Street will continue uninterrupted – effectively turning Oxford Cirus into just a normal road.
To enable this, an Experimental Traffic Order will be issued that will stop road traffic from using Oxford Street between Great Portland Street on the east and John Princes’s Street on the west. Those traffic orders will come into effect later this year, and the two sides of Oxford Circus will be car-free from November.
Newly pedestrianised areas, overly on OpenStreetMap
Running alongside that, an architectural competition is being run which will come up with plans to revamp the area on a permanent basis.
The first stage will be delivered by the end of the year, in time for the possible Christmas shopping rush, and the rest phased in over the next year or two.
Artist impression from a bird’s eye view showing future transformation of Oxford Circus with traffic continuing on Regent Street and two new Piazzas on Oxford Street, either end of the circus.
Although the details are minimal, Westminster Council and the Crown Estate are also looking at how they can improve access to Oxford Circus tube station. The indicative image is very early stages, and not to be taken literally, but could suggest they are looking adding two new entrances in the middle of the former Oxford Street.
Artist impression of the western piazza with new access into the London Underground, improved public realm and greening. Viewpoint is taken from Oxford Circus looking west into Oxford Street.
Section through Oxford Street showing two new Piazzas either end of Oxford Circus with improved access and new entrances from the piazzas directly into the underground station.
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