Our Policy Coordinator Steve Chambers explains what the plan is for the buses on Oxford Street to avoid moving congestion and pollution elsewhere.
One of the key messages of campaigns against pedestrianising Oxford Street is the idea that there are 300 buses an hour going along it, and these are all to be shifted one block north, taking pollution and congestion with them.
This simply isn’t true.
On Oxford Street West, the section currently being consulted on, there are currently 170 buses an hour at peak times (this is on 9 bus routes). This represents a 40% reduction in buses from before summer 2017.
Earlier in 2017 there were 266 buses an hour (on 13 bus routes). Reducing this number was done by comprehensively remodelling routes, removing overlapping sections on Oxford Street and changing termini.
There are currently 170 buses an hour at peak times (this is on 9 bus routes). This represents a 40% reduction in buses from before summer 2017.
What happens after the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street West?
When the Oxford Street West pedestrianisation is complete there will be a maximum of 34 buses an hour on the 2 routes that will run along parallel routes to the north. Again, this will be achieved by comprehensive remodelling, rather than merely relocation one block north. All of these will be the lowest emission buses available.
The plan for the buses is already being delivered. It will ensure that air pollution is reduced on Oxford Street West and the surrounded district.
The consultation is now live. You can support a more open and accessible Oxford Street by saying Yes to the Mayor’s proposals. Please take two minutes to add your voice.
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