Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street 'off the table'. Act now!

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.

Whatever Westminster’s leaders do and say, a transformation of Oxford Street will happen – because it has to. London cannot accept its iconic shopping street continuing to be so dominated by motor traffic that it is failing businesses, failing pedestrians who are suffering far too many collisions and injuries, failing those seeking to cycle in safety to and through the area, and failing with illegal pollution levels that damage the health of those visiting the area.

Living Streets and London Cycling Campaign

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Oxford Street - the story so far

Oxford Street

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.




Walking Cities: London

Living Streets has seven principles on which it has been campaigning on the future 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 Voices
of London

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