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Oxford Street Bus Diversions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Recently Oxford Street was temporarily made one way, with buses diverted along Wigmore Street. When such diversions are necessary why does TfL not place temporary bus stops parallel to Oxford Street to minimise the additional distance that bus users have to walk to reach their destination?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Temporary bus stops require a sufficient length of uninterrupted kerb, free from obstacles and parked vehicles, to allow passengers to board and alight safely. Unfortunately, due to the presence of street furniture and trees, and a requirement to maintain loading and parking facilities for businesses and residents, there aren’t any suitable locations for a temporary bus stop in the west-bound direction of Wigmore Street between Wimpole Street and Portman Square. There is a fixed stop in the east-bound direction near Seymour Mews for buses on diversion.

Transport for London would welcome the opportunity to explore better access to the bus network with Westminster City Council to help minimise these issues.