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Oxford Street To Be Pedestrianised by 2020

Oxford Street is to be pedestrianised by 2020, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised.

Oxford Street is to be pedestrianised by 2020, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised.


The move is a bid to improve air quality in the capital — Oxford Street is one of London’s most polluted roads.

Every week over 4 million people visit the thoroughfare, which is closed to cars from 7am-7pm every day except Sundays.

It has not only a reputation for poor air quality, but also a poor safety record — three of the most dangerous crossings in Britain are on that stretch of road.
The pedestrianisation will be carried out in two phases: first from the eastern section from Oxford Circus. Eventually it’ll be closed to all traffic including buses and taxis from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch.

Banning vehicles from the capital’s most famous shopping street isn’t a new idea. Ken Livingstone first brought in pedestrian shopping days over Christmas in 2005; and it’s been a major campaigning point for journalist and former mayoral hopeful Christian Wolmar for years.


Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.