TfL and Westminster City Council today (24 April) launched their consultation on the future of Oxford Street.
The first phase of a two-part consultation comes 12 months after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, committed to the full pedestrianisation of the city’s iconic street following campaigning from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
Currently one person is hit by a vehicle every six days on Oxford Street and legal limits of air pollution are regularly breached. The charity believes that by putting people first, the UK’s most iconic street will become a safer and more enjoyable experience for all, and is urging those who want to see Oxford Street pedestrianised to take part in the consultation.
Tompion Platt, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets said:
“We're delighted the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council are working together to transform Oxford Street into a truly world-class public space for Londoners and visitors to enjoy.
“We recognise this is a complex undertaking that requires careful consideration both of Oxford Street and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Whilst the design detail is to be worked out, it is essential that any final proposal includes the full removal of motor vehicles travelling along Oxford Street, including buses and taxis, if it is to be transformed into one of the world's great public spaces.”
Oxford Street is currently seriously congested, highly polluted and dangerously overcrowded. The opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform it as a destination for people to shop, visit, work and live.
Despite earlier commitments, the consultation states there are 'no firm plans' for how TfL and Westminster will improve Oxford Street. It is therefore essential that those of us that support a truly transformative final proposal respond to the consultation and make our voice heard.
This is the first phase of a two-stage consultation. A detailed proposal of the scheme is due to come out in the autumn.
Living Streets will be writing a full response to the consultation in the coming weeks.