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As TfL and Westminster City Council prepare to launch the next phase in the transformation of London's Oxford Street, a coalition led by Living Streets is calling for an ambitious new vision for London’s most iconic street. Our head of policy and comms, Tom Platt, explains.

Tom Platt

The prospect of Oxford Street becoming a truly world-class public space grows closer. Very soon we will see Transport for London and Westminster City Council launch phase two of their consultation on Oxford Street West.

Currently Oxford Street is a no-go area for many, particularly disabled and older people. It’s one of the reasons we’ve campaigned for its pedestrianisation – so that Oxford Street and the surrounding district can be transformed into a truly inviting and open place for everyone to enjoy.    

That is why, along with a handful of leading campaign organisations, we have co-authored a letter calling on TfL and Westminster City Council to make Oxford Street the UK’s most accessible street.

Dear Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Nickie Aiken, Leader of Westminster City Council

Make Oxford Street the most accessible street in the UK

The transformation of Oxford Street is a once in a generation opportunity to make one of the UK’s most iconic streets and surrounding district open to everyone.

Oxford Street is already hugely popular but current conditions make it a no-go area for many. The opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2018 will bring hundreds of thousands more people to the area every day. But without careful design, it could remain closed for many disabled and older people.

We strongly support a world-class public space on Oxford Street for people living and working close by, and for the many thousands of visitors, to enjoy. But our ambitions shouldn't stop there. Oxford Street should be a beacon of inclusivity and openness in the heart of our great city.

That is why we are asking you to share our ambition and commit to making Oxford Street the UK’s most accessible street.

It is a bold ambition fitting for London’s most iconic street and we are committed to helping you deliver it. As a start, we enclose our ambition for an open and accessible Oxford Street.

We hope you share with us our ambition and look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

Living Streets
Age UK London
Campaign for Better Transport
London Cycling Campaign
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Transport for All

Our ambition for an open and accessible Oxford Street

Oxford Street and the surrounding streets be safe, easy and inviting places for people to walk, regardless of their age or disability

Places for people to stop and rest including comfortable benches, shelter and accessible facilities.

Wide, comfortable and level footways.

Clear delineation including kerbs and tactile paving between pedestrians and cycle or vehicular traffic.

Tactile paving at crossings, intersections and on stairs.

Minimal road and cycle lane crossings.

All crossings to be controlled, fully accessible, frequent and where people want to cross.

Clear and accessible signage and way finding technology No street furniture, clutter or stalls blocking passenger and pedestrian routes.

A short range transport solution for people with mobility impairments.

Oxford Street must be easily accessible for everyone

Taxi ranks and blue badge parking bays within 50 metres of the street and bus stops within an accessible distance.

Infrastructure designed to stop bus ‘stacking’ (one lining up behind the other rather than pulling into stops) on side streets.

Staff and help points available to offer assistance to public transport users at all interchanges.

Our Walking Cities campaign

We will have more information on how you can add your voice to the consultation next week.

In the meantime, catch up with our Walking Cities campaign for London.

Walking Cities: London