New footage has showed sprawling crowds dominating Oxford Street on the last full weekend before the Christmas countdown. The claustrophobic environment has been snapped from the top of a double decker bus as the driver itself tries to snake through hoards of people.
The latest video released by a social media user on X, formerly known as Twitter, shows a dense crowd of shoppers experiencing a gridlock on overcrowded Oxford Street as shoppers make a mad dash for the shops.
The video is understood to have been shot on Saturday from a bus. Frustration and distress set in as people found themselves unable to proceed above the Tube station or enter it to head home. Those who vowed not to give up have been known to queue to get down the tube station’s steps.
The shocking video has more than 160k views on X so far as it sparked a stream of comments on the total chaos. The video was captioned as: “Bonkers Oxford St on penultimate Saturday before #Christmas- view from safety of a number 98 bus.”
One person wrote: “Why anyone would go to central London this close to Christmas baffles me.” Another said: “My worst nightmare. I’m feeling anxious just watching this!”
A third person commented: “It was a horror show. Popped in to HMV and then fled!” A fourth person said: “Oxford Street Tube is a nightmare on the best of days.”
Earlier this year, concerns about the future of Oxford Street were raised by retail experts, prompting the top executive at Marks & Spencer to assert that decisive action must be taken to rescue the iconic street.