Oxford Circus facts for kids
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Oxford Circus in November 2009 with new diagonal crossing
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The Circus was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century, and was designed by John Nash.
In 2009, Westminster City Council started a £4m scheme for the area, allowing shoppers to cross the intersection diagonally as well as the usual 'straight ahead', turning it into a "pedestrian scramble", much like Tokyo's Shibuya crossing.
The crossing opened on November 2nd of the same year, by which time the cost had risen to £5 million. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said it was "a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old common sense". Others noted that a similar crossing in Balham, South London had opened in 2005 at a cost of only £98,000.
Images for kids
Oxford Circus in 1904, still showing John Nash's original design
One of the entrances to Oxford Circus tube station
Extinction Rebellion protesting in Oxford Circus with the Berta Cáceres boat
In Spanish: Oxford Circus para niños
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