We haven’t got this excited about road improvements since…since…hmm. The pedestrian crush of Oxford Circus should be a thing of the past now that work is starting to declutter and widen the pavements around the junction. New diagonal crossings will allow direct passage from Soho to Marylebone, or a Mayfair to Fitzrovia shimmy. The £5 million scheme apes similar pedestrian layouts in Japan and should be complete by November. While it will no doubt lead to faster crossings, we must remember that these things always have their downsides. For example, there’s the inherent danger that the giant cross could be confusing to parachutists. And consider the risk from pirates seeking buried treasure. Perhaps they could think outside of the box (junction) just a little more. How about painting the diagonals red, with the tarmac blue and white to form a Union Jack? The red bands could then lead off to cool places like Carnaby Street and St Christopher’s Place. Genius. We’re wasted writing blog posts, we really are.