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As Transport fro London and Westminster City Council's consultation on the future of Oxford Street reaches its decisive stages, we have received an encouraging letter from London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Our head of policy and comms, Tom Platt, explains.

Tom Platt
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Transport for London and Westminster City Council's consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street is well underway. We have until 17 December to support the proposals. So if you haven't yet, take a moment to say yes right now.

 

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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.

Without careful design, it could remain closed for many disabled and older people.

Earlier this month, on the eve of the consultation opening, we co-wrote a letter with Age UK London, Campaign for Better Transport, London Cycling Campaign, RNIB, Sustrans and Transport for All. In it we called on TfL and Westminster City Council to make Oxford Street the UK’s most accessible street.

Now I am pleased to say that the Mayor has written back positively.

You can read the whole letter by downloading a PDF here, but the key lines are...

I agree with your ambition to make the Oxford Street district a safer and more inviting place, along with it being easily accessible for everyone.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Key excerpts from Mayor Khan's letter

"TfL and WCC are proposing to make a range of improvements along Oxford Street and Oxford Circus which, along with the removal of unnecessary street furniture and improved pavements and way-finding in the area, will provide more open space and make it easier for people to move around the area and make better use of public transport options."

 

"[The changes] will also make it more enjoyable for people to spend time in the area, with high-quality resting places and public art."

"[TfL and WCC] recognise the proposals will affect the ease with which some people move along Oxford Street. For this reason, they are considering the feasibility of providing a further mobility service which would be aimed at helping all those who need additional assistance to get along Oxford Street, and to/from local bus stops."

Download Sadiq Khan's letter in full (PDF)

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The consultation is now live. You can support a more open and accessible Oxford Street by saying Yes to the Mayor’s proposals. Please take two minutes to add your voice.

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