The results of the second phase of consultation on the redesign of Oxford Street have been released today (13 March 2018).
64 per cent of respondents support the transformation, this doesn’t include over 7,000 people who wrote in supporting the pedestrianisation as part of the Living Streets campaign.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets comments:
“We’re delighted to see this level of support for the transformation of Oxford Street. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the whole area cleaner, safer and more enjoyable for residents, workers and visitors alike.
“We strongly support the proposals, especially the removal of all motor traffic from Oxford Street West, and improvements to footways and crossings close by. We are pleased also that TfL and Westminster City Council have committed to developing proposals for a high quality east-west cycle route to the north of Oxford Street, which would complement new facilities coming to the area.
“Currently Oxford Street is a no-go area for many due to overcrowding and traffic. This problem will only be exacerbated with the opening of the Elizabeth Line in December 2018, bringing an additional 40 per cent more visitors to Oxford Street. We can’t delay on this.
“With step-free access at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road; closely located taxi ranks and bus stops; and improvements to surfaces, lighting, crossings and resting areas, we believe Oxford Street can become more accessible. We look forward to working with TfL, Westminster City Council and other partners to ensure that is the case.”