Piccadilly Circus To Get £14million Makeover

The company that designed London's first diagonal pedestrian crossing has hailed it an instant success.

Atkins says the 5 million pound crossing at Oxford Circus, which is based on a Japanese idea, has reduced congestion on the pavements.

The so-called x-factor crossing allows pedestrians to cross in any direction, with all traffic temporarily stopped.

The designers say crossing times are quicker than expected and congestion has eased by more than predicted.

It comes as Westminster Council announces that Piccadilly Circus is to get a 14-million pound revamp, to make it more pedestrian-friendly.

Railings are going to be taken out so it'll look more like it did in the 1960s.

And 2-way traffic's going to be brought back to ease congestion.

Work will start in November.