Two in three people support radical plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street

Proposals to pedestrianise most of Oxford Street have been backed by two thirds of people responding to a consultation, it was announced today.

Mayor Sadiq Khan and Westminster council want to close the street to traffic between Orchard Street — the western end of Selfridges — and Oxford Circus, with work potentially starting this summer.

The aim is to have the changes in place by December to coincide with the opening of Crossrail, which will bring thousands more people to the area.

Cyclists would also be banned under the plans, with Transport for London and the council said to be developing plans for a “high-quality” east-west route to the north of Oxford Street.

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Today, TfL said that 22,071 people had responded to the consultation. Of the 14,377 who responded on TfL’s online form, 66 per cent backed the plans and 33 per cent opposed them. 

A further 7,062 responses organised by the campaign group Living Streets supported the scheme, while a similar campaign by the Better Oxford Street group resulted in 625 responses opposing the changes.

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Daniel Astaire, Westminster’s cabinet member for planning, said: “We now need to take our time to look in detail at every issue raised before we take any final decision to make sure we get it right.” 

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, said: “Our plans will make Oxford Street one of the finest public spaces and shopping streets in the world.  

“We will now look at all the consultation responses in detail to ensure that everyone’s views are taken on board.”

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