A Transport for London (TfL) consultation, which seeks views on plans to create a more ‘pedestrian-friendly’ environment on Oxford Street, ends this Sunday (18 June).
The consultation, which focuses on the area between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus, provides residents and visitors with the opportunity to share ideas to improve the experience of using Oxford Street and the surrounding district.
Figures published by TfL show that between June 2013 and May 2016 a pedestrian was involved in a collision approximately every seven days. In 2014, 10 of TfL’s 24 pedestrian collision hot spots were along Oxford Street.
As a result, TfL, Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London are working together to transform Oxford Street into a ‘world-class public place’ and deliver improvements that benefit people rather than traffic.
Using the feedback from the consultation, TfL hopes to:
- ‘Radically’ reduce the volume of traffic on Oxford Street
- Manage the traffic in the surrounding area to minimise any negative impacts
- Reduce crowding on Oxford Street
- Address ‘very poor’ air quality
- Ensure the area remains accessible by public transport
- Improve road safety for all users
TfL says a critical part of any transformation of Oxford Street is a reduction of traffic volumes – suggesting that this would require a significant increase in the amount of space provided for pedestrians.
Under the plans, access to Oxford Street for buses and taxis would be restricted but cyclists would be able to use the road at any time. TfL says it would need to consider how practical and safe it would be for very large numbers of pedestrians, particularly visually impaired people, to share space with cyclists.
In July 2016, the deputy mayor for transport, Valerie Shawcross, confirmed to the London Assembly Transport Committee that all vehicles will be banned from a 1.2 mile stretch of Oxford Street, from Tottenham Court Road to Bond Street Tube station, by 2020.
15 June 2017