Westminster Council is to introduce the influences of the Far East to the West End with plans for a Tokyo inspired traffic crossing at London’s Oxford Circus.

The crossroads, at the heart of the world famous shopping district, will have a £4m revamp to create great pedestrian freedom.

The designs have been inspired by Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing, as seen in the movie Lost in Translation, which allows the public to cross diagonally over the junction.

Work will start in the summer of 2009, and will include ripping out ‘barriers and street clutter’ at the crossing.

The plans, being carried out in partnership with the Crown Estate and the New West End Company, are part of a £40m investment programme into Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.

Oxford Circus crossing video