Oxford Street Buses

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many bus routes are being diverted away from or around east Oxford Street during the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail construction works?


Answer for Oxford Street Buses

Answer for Oxford Street Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is proposed that from 16 January 2010, all eastbound traffic will be diverted away from the eastern end of Oxford Street (between Newman Street and Tottenham Court Road) for a period of 11 months. This is while utility replacement or strengthening works are undertaken to pipework, some of which dates from the 1820s onwards, in advance of tunnelling and excavation work taking place in the area from 2011.

This work has been brought forward as a result of the Crossrail project and the rebuilding of Tottenham Court Road station. Detailed assessments have now revealed that this work would place strain on the utilities beneath Oxford Street, risking their failure. This work must be complete before the excavations begin and cannot be done without closing a short section of one lane on Oxford Street.

Eastbound traffic on diversion would include seven daytime or 24 hour bus routes: the 7, 8, 10, 55, 73, 98 and 390 (24hr). In addition, seven night bus routes would be affected: the N7, N8, N10, N55, N73, N98 and N207. The route 25 (24hr) would start its eastbound journey and terminate its westbound journey at New Oxford Street; this would be the only westbound service affected.