Living Streets has joined with five other leading charitable organisations to write to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan asking him to commit to making Oxford Street the most accessible street in the UK.
TfL and Westminster City Council will launch the design consultation for the future of Oxford Street imminently. Ahead of this, the joint letter asks that any new plans ensure accessibility for everyone.
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking has campaigned for the street to be pedestrianised and authors the letter along with Age UK London, Campaign for Better Transport, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Sustrans and Transport for All.
The letter reads:
“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. But without careful design, it could remain closed for many disabled and older people.
“We strongly support a world-class public space on Oxford Street for people living and working close by, and for the many thousands of visitors, to enjoy. But our ambitions shouldn't stop there. Oxford Street should be a beacon of inclusivity and openness in the heart of our great city.”