Oxford Street buses cut by 40% with more change ahead


Transport for London (TfL) is to cut bus services on Oxford Street by 40% from this summer under Sadiq Khan's long-term plan to transform the street.

It said changes to 23 bus routes in central London will ensure that services are more closely matched to changing demand and will improve reliability, cut congestion and help tackle air pollution

A Boris Bus on Oxford Street

Buses will be re-routed away from Oxford Street, moving the termini for some routes to Park Lane, Trafalgar Square and Tottenham Court Road. Other routes will be extended to maintain connections.

TfL said it will begin to implement the changes in the summer and that when complete there will be 40% fewer buses running on Oxford Street.

Leon Daniels, TfL's director of surface transport, said: 'As our city changes around us, we need to ensure the bus network changes too. Making sure we have the right level of buses in central London is key to keeping our city moving.'

TfL said bus demand on Oxford Street is shifting, as people choose different travel options, including cycling and walking, while the opening of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) in late 2018 will further transform how people travel across central London.

Details of the changes are available on the TfL website.

TfL added that London mayor Sadiq Khan is working with the City of Westminster to make Oxford Street ‘a better place to live, work and visit’, with a further consultation on plans to transform the street due later this month. This could include plans to pedestrianise London’s main shopping street.


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