Oxford Street should be transformed into a world-class destination – a great place to walk and spend time.

People visiting, working and living in the area deserve to be able to walk freely, safely, breathe fresh air and have a relaxed shopping experience on the UK’s most iconic street.

We were delighted when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, promised to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020.

But opposition remains and we need to make sure that change really does happen.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our campaign so far

Have your say

Transport for London and Westminster City Council have been consulting on the Oxford Street plans.

And we are proud to say that more than 6,000 of you spoke up for the pedestrianisation plans. These responses will help secure a more ambitious final transformation.

Watch this space for next steps in our campaign

 

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Air pollution on Oxford Street is four-times the legal limit

 

 

Once a week

A pedestrian is involved in a collision on Oxford Street

150,000

More people each day expected in Oxford Street when Crossrail opens in 2018

4,000,000

Number of people visiting Oxford Street every week

Oxford Street myth-buster

  1. What will happen to all the buses?
  2. What will happen to all the taxis?
  3. What about accessibility for disabled people?
  4. What about people who cycle?
  5. Do plans for Oxford Street come at a cost for the wider West End?
  • We can’t just move all the buses to parallel streets. We need a comprehensive review of buses in London. Transport for London has been gradually rerouting buses in Central London to avoid Oxford Street. A further reduction of 40% of buses on the street will happen during 2017. In order to provide a safe and attractive pedestrian environment on Oxford Street the remaining buses must be diverted or the routes shortened. Careful planning of bus services combined with the one-hour Hopper fare means journey opportunities are maintained at no additional cost. The slight inconvenience would be compensated with a smoother journey into central London, cleaner air and the freeing up of public space.

  • With 38 side roads there should be no issues with designing sufficient taxi access and ranks. Consideration will need to be given to ensure traffic is not just pushed on to neighbouring streets.

  • A future Oxford Street must be open and accessible to all. Ensuring all adjacent stations are fully accessible should be a priority. Certainly the overcrowded footways many experience today are far from ideal. We will be working with campaign partners to ensure solutions can be found.

  • Although numbers currently cycling on Oxford Street are low, there is a clear need for a high-quality east-west cycle route through the area. High volumes of pedestrians would be expected on Oxford Street, so it would be sensible to provide a parallel east-west cycle route nearby so that conflict between people walking and cycling is minimised.

  • Transport for London and Westminster City Council have made clear that as part of the transformation of Oxford Street they will manage the traffic in the surrounding area and improve neighbourhoods for residents. There is already an ambitious plan to transform the area through street improvement and other projects. The removal of buses from Oxford Street coincides with a phased plan to shorten and redirect routes, rather than simply move them to another street. This will contribute to reducing the level of air pollution on Oxford Street and the wider West End.

Living Streets has seven principles which must underpin the transformation of Oxford Street

1 Make Oxford Street a world-class visitor and business destination - a great place to be and walk

2. Removal of all motor traffic with access to buses and taxis a short walk away 

3. Accessible to all, regardless of age or disability

4. A safe environment, day and night

5. Provision of a parallel high quality east-west cycle route

6. Careful consideration of the impact on the wider West End 

7. Consolidated deliveries limited to off peak times

Our campaign partners supporting these seven principles

The story so far

After many years campaigning, with our supporters and Westminister Living Streets Group, we are thrilled that Oxford Street is set to be transformed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

In the run up to the 2016 mayoral election the then candidate responded to our campaign by pledging to pedestrianise Oxford Street.

The first phase of a two-part consultation, which was opened in April, comes 12 months after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, committed to full pedestrianisation.

Despite earlier commitments, the consultation states there are 'no firm plans' for how TfL and Westminster will improve Oxford Street. It was therefore essential that those of us that support a truly transformative final proposal responded to the consultation (which closed on 18 June) and make our voices heard. 

In 2016 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made the commitment...

“to turn one of the world’s most polluted streets into one of the world’s finest public spaces – a tree-lined avenue from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch."

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The Voices
of London

We chatted to some London residents when Oxford Street was closed to cars. Here's what they had to say...