TfL confirms plans to cut number of buses in Oxford Street

The reliability of the bus network in central London is set to be improved, cutting congestion and helping tackle air pollution, as Transport for London is making changes to 23 routes in central London, including a reduction of around 40 per cent in buses serving Oxford Street, an area that has been a bone of contention among air quality campaigners. TfL says that the move is in response to shifts in passenger demands, including the likely impact of the opening of the Elizabeth tube line in late 2018 which it says will further transform how people travel across central London.

Buses will be re-routed away from Oxford Street, moving the termini for some routes to Park Lane, Trafalgar Square and Tottenham Court Road, while extending other routes to maintain connections. TfL will begin to implement the changes this summer. 

London mayor Sadiq Khan is working with the City of Westminster on further plans for Oxford Street and a consultation will be launched later this month.

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

Jace Tyrrell, CEO, New West End Company, adds: “We welcome Transport for London’s proposal to reduce the number of buses across the West End, which will greatly help reduce congestion and improve air quality in London’s retail heartland.

“Ahead of the arrival of the Elizabeth line in 2018, which is expected to bring 60 million visits to the West End annually, it is essential that there is genuine traffic reduction to ensure the West End retains its position as a world class retail destination.”