More than 7,000 Living Streets supporters said they backed plans for a transformed Oxford Street. The majority of responses to TfL and Westminster City Council's consultations on the future of Oxford Street supported proposals to transform the street.
Despite this, the leadership of Westminster Council has announced it will no longer support plans to make Oxford Street traffic-free.
Thousands of Living Streets supporters made it heard that a traffic-free Oxford Street is a cleaner, healthier and more profitable Oxford Street. We’re not going to stop saying it; we’re just going to turn the volume up.
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We call on the London Mayor to use all available and appropriate measures to ensure a scheme for Oxford Street moves forward rapidly.
We call on Westminster City Council to engage constructively and rapidly on plans for radical change to address this safety and pollution crisis – removing motor traffic from Oxford Street and prioritising walking and cycling throughout the West End.
We have always said that improving Oxford Street should be part of a broader plan to improve the wider West End area. We would welcome further proposals to protect this area from increased traffic, such as Low Traffic Neighbourhood measures.
Pedestrianising Oxford Street is not only vital for Westminster but for London, and indeed the UK as a whole.
Air pollution on Oxford Street is four-times the legal limit
Once a week
A pedestrian is involved in a collision on Oxford Street
More station entry and exits are expected per day when the Elizabeth Line fully opens in December 2019
Number of people visiting Oxford Street every week
After many years campaigning, with our supporters and London Living Streets Group, we were thrilled that London Mayor Sadiq Khan entered office in 2016 with a manifesto pledge to transform Oxford Street.
Since then there have been two consultations on the proposal to pedestrianise the western arm of Oxford Street - and both came out strongly in favour of the plan.
Nonetheless, in June 2018, shortly after local elections, Westminster City Council leaders released a statement saying that they were no longer in favour of the pedestrianisation of the street.