London’s mayor office and Westminster council are hatching plans for a makeover of Oxford street to help it recover its allure
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The consensus that Oxford Street is polluted, grotty and overcrowded is decades-old – but no one has found the solution.Transport for London has drawn up proposals for a 40 per cent cut in buses in two years, but Sadiq Khan, the new London mayor, is understood be pushing it to be more ambitious.At the root of the problem is that Oxford Street, a relatively narrow thoroughfare, is also one of the few east-west routes through central London.Sending the buses down adjacent streets is difficult because of opposition from residents, while Transport for London has until recently been reluctant to embark on a wholesale reorganisation of the capital's network of 650 routes, many of which converge on Oxford Street.Although Oxford Street is crammed full of buses, bus passenger numbers in London have started to fall, despite bus lanes, new vehicles and improvements to the payment system.The New West End Company, which represents 600 businesses in the area, said the question of what to do about Oxford Street was "very complex".
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