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WESTMINSTER FROWNS ON PEDESTRIANISATION PLEA FROM BRANSON

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A call by Richard Branson for a Christmas traffic ban in London's Oxford Street has been dismissed by Westminster C...
A call by Richard Branson for a Christmas traffic ban in London's Oxford Street has been dismissed by Westminster City Council, the Evening Standard reports (p22).

Mr Branson proposed that Oxford Street, where his Virgin Megastore is located, should be closed to traffic on the five Sundays before Christmas. At present the street is partially pedestrianised during the week and open to traffic on Sundays.

Mr Branson is supported by other Oxford Street retailers, the Evening Standard reports. He said the scheme could work 'if there is a vision and a will for it to succeed.'

But Westminster City Council planning chairman Robert Davies said the idea had already been rejected by local residents associations, who would suffer from the extra traffic on surrounding streets.
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