Oxford Circus
Oxford Circus is the area of London
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 at the busy intersection of Regent Street
Regent Street
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 and Oxford Street
Oxford Street
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, in the West End
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. It is served by Oxford Circus tube station
Oxford Circus tube station
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, which is directly beneath the junction itself.


The Circus was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century, and was designed by John Nash
John Nash (architect)
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Diagonal crossing

In 2009, Westminster City Council
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 commenced a £4m pedestrianisation scheme for the area, allowing shoppers to cross the intersection diagonally as well as the traditional 'straight ahead', turning it into a "pedestrian scramble
Pedestrian scramble
A pedestrian scramble, also known as a 'X' Crossing , diagonal crossing , scramble intersection , and more poetically Barnes Dance, is a pedestrian crossing system that stops all vehicular traffic and allows pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same...

", much like Tokyo's Shibuya crossing. Work started in Summer 2009, and the crossing opened on November 2nd of the same year, by which time the cost had risen to £5 million. Although London Mayor Boris Johnson
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 declared it, "a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old common sense," it was noted that a similar crossing in Balham
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, South London had previously opened in 2005 at a cost of only £98,000.

Major shops

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