Oxford Street bus plan attacked

Oxford Street bus plan attacked Oxford Street bus plan attacked
A plan by London business group New West End Company to cut the number of buses using Oxford Street has been attacked by London TravelWatch. Richard Dickinson, chief executive of NWEC, says: “Our challenge over the next five years is to drive growth and investment; create a world-class environment and deliver a game changer to end the wall of buses and congestion on our streets.”

Sharon Grant, London TravelWatch chairwoman, responds: “Buses bring thousands of workers, shoppers and visitors into and through central London. They are the only form of public transport which is accessible to all and they provide a wide geographic coverage. The Underground is crowded now and will become more so if passengers are forced to divert off of buses onto the Underground.”

Grant calls instead for restrictions on taxis which, she says, take up 37 per cent of the space in Oxford Street, but only carry 1 per cent of the passengers.