West End looks east for crossing design


The West End of London is looking to a Japanese design to help improve busy traffic flow around Oxford Circus.

The Crown Estate and the New West End Company are to redesign the current crossroads, incorporating a set-up similar to the one found at Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing.

Westminster City Council member, Danny Chalkley, said: ”We want to make it as easy as possible for the 200 million visitors a year who come to the West End to get around on foot, and looking to Japan for ideas makes perfect sense."

The new crossing is part of a £40 million development of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, which when complete, will allow pedestrians to cross Oxford Circus diagonally.

London’s West End is best known for its retail outlets, entertainment venues and commercial property.

It attracts workers from offices in London, tourists from all over the world and local residents looking for bargains in its 600 shops.