Traffic should be banned from Oxford Street, London’s West End shopping destination, before the Olympics in 2012, retailers will urge the London mayoral candidates tonight. Financial Times

The New West End Company, which represents retailers in Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street, will press the candidates to commit themselves to creating a pedestrian-only zone in the heart of the capital’s shopping district. Oxford Street is expected to be a big attraction to visitors during the Olympics.

The NWEC says up to 220 buses an hour clog Oxford Street and yet just 7% of visitors use the buses to move within the West End.