A brave proposition for the ban of traffic on Oxford Street

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: November 26th, 2014

Oxford Street is one of the most iconic roads in the present day London. It is West End’s most popular shopping center, where you can find anything – from clothing boutiques to jewelry to souvenirs. Thousands and thousands of people every day flock the street, just visiting or going on business. Oxford Street LondonThere are also the vehicles – cars, vans, buses etc. The end picture might turn out to be pretty displeasing to some. Vehicles, according to local residents, contribute greatly to the hassle and stress that, along with its status of a commercial center, has become a characteristic of Oxford Street.
So it was just a matter of time until someone has proposed a radical solution to the problem. In this case it is Christian Wolmar, who is a London Mayoral Candidate. Mr Wolmar is among other things a transport expert so one would assume that he knows what he is doing and what he is saying. According to his plan, closing the famous Oxford Street for vehicles of any kind (in the most radical option in the proposed plan even cyclists are going to be banned from the place) will result in doubling the number of people who come to Oxford Street on various business and will definitely result in boosting the local economy.
Christian Wolmar has even released a computer generated picture showing how Oxford Street is going to look like without cars and busses flocking it. Let’s put it this way – the view looks very tempting. The transport expert seems to be convinced that his solution to the problem with traffic, radical as it may look like to some, is the only logical and effective one.
It is only natural that the proposition of Mr.Wolmar meets with a lot of opposition from various fronts. But the truth is that the once glamorous Oxford Street has fallen into the grip of a process of a serious decline over the past several years. Local man and van companies show an increase in the demand for their services – because resident are constantly looking for a new place to settle down due to all the hassle and stress, traffic jams and noise that have become a part of the daily routine here on Oxford Street. So it is one hundred percent certain that something should be done in order to reverse the decline Oxford Street seems doomed with. Whether or not the proposition of Christian Wolmar would be the solution to this quite serious problem, we will have the chance to see if he is elected Mayor of London in the upcoming elections. In the meantime the local administration should continue to look for a way out of the situation here, if they do not want the damage caused by the decline of the area on and around Oxford Street, which has been the finest place in London’s West End for over a century, to become so big that it would be beyond repair in the years to come.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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