Oxford Circus in November 2009 with new diagonal crossing
|Westminster, London, UK|
|Regent Street and Oxford Street|
History[change | change source]
The Circus was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century, and was designed by John Nash.
Diagonal crossing[change | change source]
In 2009, Westminster City Council started a £4m scheme for the area, allowing shoppers to cross the intersection diagonally as well as the usual 'straight ahead', turning it into a "pedestrian scramble", much like Tokyo's Shibuya crossing.
The crossing opened on November 2nd of the same year, by which time the cost had risen to £5 million. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said it was "a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old common sense". Others noted that a similar crossing in Balham, South London had opened in 2005 at a cost of only £98,000.
References[change | change source]
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- "Oxford Circus may get Tokyo look". BBC. 10 July 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7498662.stm.
- "Oxford Circus 'X-crossing' opens". BBC. 2 November 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8337341.stm.
- Oxford Circus X-crossing opened, but is it first?
- Metro: "I'd cross the road for this", 3 November 2009, page 27