TfL has today announced (10 October) the results of the first phase of the consultation on the future of Oxford Street. 12,000 responses were submitted with 62 per cent saying they support its transformation. The second phase of the consultation is due November 2017.
Oxford Street is currently seriously congested, highly polluted and dangerously overcrowded. Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking has campaigned for the street to be pedestrianised.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“It’s fantastic to see the consultation confirm that the vast majority of respondents are in support of transforming Oxford Street into a better place. This result reflects the responses to the mayor’s opinion poll during the air quality consultation and shows that people are becoming increasingly aware of the health risks air pollution poses to us all.
“TfL has given detailed consideration to all the practical issues and concerns that have been raised. Pedestrianisation is a complex undertaking but it is essential that any final proposal includes the full removal of motor vehicles travelling along Oxford Street, including buses and taxis, if it is to be transformed into one of the world's greatest public spaces."