Calls to cut buses to reduce West End congestion

19:00 20 November 2012

Should the volume of West End buses be cut by one fifth? File picture: PA Wire

Should the volume of West End buses be cut by one fifth? File picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Transport for London has been urged to think about cutting the number of buses allowed to travel through the West End in a bid to tackle congestion.

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster’s cabinet member for city management and transport, called for a 20 per cent reduction in vehicles driving in Oxford Street within five years.

Speaking at the New West End Company conference on People Not Traffic, Cllr Argar said: “Our key objective is to enhance the West End for businesses and residents and ensure it remains Europe’s premier retail street for decades to come.

“Today we are setting an ambitious challenge for TfL to reduce the bus traffic by 20 per cent before 2017, and ahead of the introduction of Crossrail and we will work with them to reach this goal.

“This cannot mean displacing existing bus routes to surrounding residential streets, but thinking more innovatively about flexible ticketing and addressing the issue of nearly empty buses at off peak times.

“A long-term vision is needed to tackle congestion, but incremental change has to be the way to realise this vision – we cannot take chances with the West End economy.”

Dame Judith Mayhew Jones, chairman of the New West End Company, said the time was right for a change.

She said: “I think we’ve got an unusual coming together here with Crossrail (and) the huge change in the switchdown to the east end of Oxford Street.

“They’ve got narrow pavements down there and we need to renegotiate the bus franchises now.”

Latest London transportation news

Friday, August 28, 2015
On second thoughts, just stay at home

We know you’re eager to make the most of the long weekend, so check out our guide to avoid spending it stuck in traffic or at the train station as you try to get around London.

Friday, August 28, 2015
There was an earlier fire alert at Bank

Bank and Monument stations have reopened after flooding caused them to close.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The delays and cancellations are affecting services into Liverpool Street

There are delays and cancelled trains on the Overground between Enfield Town, Cheshunt, Chingford and Liverpool Street this morning due to signalling problems.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Would you like to see women-only train carriages? Would it be safer? (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has said he’d consult women to see if they want female-only carriages on trains. British Transport Police’s latest figures suggest a sexual offences have risen to all-time high and London24 frequently runs appeals to help catch culprits who harass and attack women on our travel network. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The hunt is on to find this man following the theft

Smiling and talking to passersby this man caught on CCTV appears to be collecting his bicycle following a workout at a gym in Willesden.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Police released images of the man

The man involved in an incident in which a cyclist was pushed into traffic in Whitechapel has attended a police station.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more