Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge: X is for X Crossing (Oxford Circus, London)

It’s time again for Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge, this week it’s X. From my travels, X could be for…..well, I couldn’t think of a single place…… Oh dear!

But a bit of thinking had me make a detour during my trip to London yesterday over to Oxford Circus’s X Crossing, at the busy junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street. Phew, job done!

The X Cross is a pedestrian crossing that allows people to cross the road diagonally as well as straight across. It’s great to see in action….all the traffic stops for a short while, people cross the road from all directions in a mad scramble, then the lights for the pedestrians turn red again, and traffic mayhem starts again! A slice of street life…

It really needs to be seen from above to get the full effect of the place, but no time to find out how to do that yesterday.

So here is my best snapshot impression, using an old Canon point and shoot:

Oxford Circus X Cross 1

Oxford Circus X Cross 1

Oxford Circus X Cross 2

Oxford Circus X Cross 2

Why not see what other interpretations of ‘X’ have been made here.




  1. Laura Bloomsbury

    very clever! this one had me baffled

  2. no town with X in your mind? Come and visit Xanten in Germany – a very nice town founded by Caesar and the old Romans
    “First settlements by isolated tribes can be dated around the year 2000 BC. Around 15 BC the Roman camp Castra Vetera was created…”

  3. Aw, Oxford street, I miss it… my friend took this photo while out shopping on Oxford Street this weekend… totally cracked me up 😉

    • D’you know, despite being only a train ride away, I hadn’t been there for a quarter of a century (approx)…… I like your friend’s post!

  4. Wow, this must look great from above – you need to get yourself into a building where you can get to an upper floor! There is a similar system somewhere in England where traffic can cross diagonally too – sounds far too confusing for me.

  5. How very ingenious, Sue 🙂 Both your finding an ‘x’ and as a means of crossing the road!

  6. Brilliant take on the subject – X isn’t easy … great images, how many times haven’t I been standing there waiting for green light. It’s one of the maddest points in London. And where does all the people come from ????

  7. I state in my copyright notice that reblogging is not permitted without my permission – so please do not! It is not enough to go ahead and state that a post was originally posted on WordsVisual…

  8. Your statement – I state in my copyright notice that reblogging is not permitted without my permission – so please do not! It is not enough to go ahead and state that a post was originally posted on WordsVisual…

    I think I’m beginning to see you point about re-blogs. I just encountered 2 sites that were completely made up of re-blogs. But, you have to admit that a re-blog reveals your site to people who otherwise would not have seen it.

    I have 3 sites one of which is a joke site. this person used to re-blog every joke I posted, it bothered me till i realized that this person had a popular site with a joke section. People would click my re-blogged jokes which brought them to my site were I have links to my other sites (sort of a cross discipline), my list of followers which was somewhat stagnant increased by 10 fold. I would thank the person for each joke re-blog. The person finally told me that I don’t have to thank them for each re-blog.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Happy blogging 🙂

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