Our Policy Coordinator Steve Chambers explains how the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is just one part of a plan to radically improve the experience of residents and visitors walking across the whole West End.
Pedestrianising Oxford Street is a visionary and important undertaking to clean up the air and improve safety. But it isn't the only transformation taking place in the area. There is an impressive plan for the wider West End made up of significant investment in projects that will transform it as a place for people walking.
The West End spans the London boroughs of Camden and the City of Westminster. Since 2015 the West End Partnership has operated as single voice for the area and has an ambitious plan to transform both the built environment and the lives of people living and working there.
There is a comprehensive strategy to dramatically reduce demand for vehicles to enter West End. With wide area initiatives such as delivery consolidation and a growing list of location based projects. Click the map below to discover more about the projects planned for the wider area. Others will be added as they are announced.
There is an impressive plan for the wider West End made up of significant investment in projects that will transform it as a place for people walking.
Much of the improvement centres around transport with new step-free Crossrail Elizabeth line stations planned to open at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. Each station includes investment in the public spaces around the station entrances. There are also plans to make existing Underground stations step free which will make Oxford Street more accessible.
There are proposals to make routes to the West End better too, including the transformation of Tottenham Court Road to better reflect the needs of people who walk and cycle. A network of Quietways will connect up the West End for cyclists, with an ambitious proposal to provide a high quality cycle route all the way to Old Street.
The overall strategy for the West End is to make it a world class place to live, work and visit by cutting down traffic, switching journeys to sustainable modes and reducing air pollution.