That’s Bond Street in London, not Brighton! The West End Business Improvement District [BID] has proposed a scheme to divide the pavements into an inner shopper-lane and an outer commuter lane. Westminster City Council has called it “nonsense”.
The New West End Company – the trading name of the BID representing 600 shops in the Oxford St and Regent Street area – wants the 200m visitors to walk tight against the shops in the slow lane in order to leave the pavement closest to the road for busy commuters and residents trying to get to work [or get home at the end of the day].
Since early summer it has deployed its on-street meeters-and-greeters to gently try to persuade each respective party to use its own part of the pavements. Now it wants to add guidelines to maps, visitor guides and even street signs in an effort to separate the capital’s visitors from its workers.
The scheme is an effort to address the expected 50m increase in visitor numbers by 2020 due to the completion of the Crossrail transport link. The BID company is also proposing dedicated shopping hours between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. when traffic in Bond St and Regent Street would be restricted.
The deputy leader of Westminster City Council said: “The idea that you can somehow herd people along fast and slow lanes in nonsense”
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