Oxford Street pedestrianisation plan gets heavy support

Plans to create a new traffic-free area in Central London have received widespread support from the public according to a new consultation from TFL and Westminster City Council.


This is what Oxford Street could look like if the plans are approved

64% of those who responded online support all or parts of the plans, which aim to transform Oxford Street into a safe and accessible public space for people of all ages to enjoy. The proposal includes a vehicle ban between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus, delivered by December 2018 to coincide with launch of Elizabeth line services.

Transport for London said it received more than 22,000 responses as part of this second consultation, including 7,000 written responses supporting the scheme, and 625 written responses against.

All issues raised by the public during the consultation will be taken into account before Westminster Council takes any further decision on how to proceed. The concerns are mostly related to traffic and air quality on residential roads, provision of a safe cycle route and ensuring that Oxford Street remains accessible.

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for Transport, said: “I’m delighted that so many Londoners have got involved and given us their backing to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area. Our plans will make Oxford Street one of the finest public spaces and shopping streets in the world, while investing in widespread improvements to make the area cleaner and safer.”

The number of people visiting Oxford Street will increase by an estimated 40% with the opening of the Elizabeth line service in December, adding to the 500,000 people that visit the area every day.

Work around the new Elizabeth line Bond Street station will begin from next month, including wider footways and a raised junction in front of the entrance to accommodate the expected increase in pedestrian flows.

TFL, Westminster City Council and Camden Council are also working with local businesses and fleet operators to help reduce the impact of freight deliveries and service trips. New measures being considered include better coordinating deliveries, or retiming/consolidating them alongside other businesses in the area. 

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