This article proposes a plan to pedestrianise London's Oxford Street and Regent St, and to use conveyors to move people and goods. It begins with a brief resume of Oxford Street's history, and an outline of the GLC's plans for the area. The author argues for nationalisation of services to shops. These could be under or above ground. Pedestrian flows at the underground stations could be controlled and alleviated by the installation of high-speed passenger conveyors along Oxford Street. Dunlop's "speedaway" is a prototype of such a conveyor. 10,000 passengers per hour could be carried. The fast conveyors would be elevated, leaving the street open for pedestrian circulation. Parallel low-speed conveyors could serve shoppers making short trips. A first stage in relieving Oxford Street of goods traffic could be achieved by off peak hour servicing, as done on the continent. In the long term, an automated system of freight conveyors in tunnels would be needed. Lastly, it is shown that elsewhere pedestrianisation has resulted in greatly increased turnover of trade, and in greater numbers of pedestrians. /TRRL/

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    Foundation Publications Limited

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    Foundation Publications Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Jones, R O
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8-12
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM