Public back Oxford Street pedestrianisation plan

13th March 2018

Plans to transform London’s Oxford Street – one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe - and the surrounding area have received widespread support.

Results, published today, to a consultation by Westminster City Council and Transport for London show that 22,000 people responded to the proposed changes, with 64 per cent of them supporting the plans in some form.

The plans proposed a new traffic-free area between Oxford Circus and Orchard Street, implemented by December 2018 to coincide with the launch of new Elizabeth Line services. Surrounding roads would see improved pedestrian crossings, wider pavements and additional taxi ranks.

All local residents, workers and visitors were invited to comment on the plans as part of an eight week consultation which ran from 6 November 2017. Thirty-three per cent of those who responded to the online consultation did not support the plans. TfL also received around 7,000 written responses as part of a Living Streets campaign supporting the scheme, and a further 632 written responses as part of a local campaign against the proposal.

Traffic and air quality issues, plus the provision of cycle lanes, were among issues brought up by the consultation. All of the issues raised are now being discussed.

“I’m delighted that so many Londoners have got involved and given us their backing to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area. Our plans will make Oxford Street one of the finest public spaces and shopping streets in the world, while investing in widespread improvements to make the area cleaner and safer,” says deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross. “We will now look at all the consultation responses in detail to ensure that everyone’s views are taken on board. Whether you’re a resident, a business, or regularly shop in the area, we must ensure the final details of the plan truly provide benefits to the millions of people who use the area every year.”   

“The introduction of the Elizabeth line later this year will significantly increase the number of people walking along Oxford Street and this creates a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the area into an unrivalled place to live, visit and work,” says TfL director of city planning Alex Williams. “The results of this consultation show that there is a strong desire to improve the West End and make Oxford Street more pedestrian focused. All points raised in the consultation are being considered and we continue to work with Westminster City Council ahead of a final decision on the scheme later this year.”