Opposition to Oxford Street Pedestrianisation

Proposals to pedestrianise most of Oxford Street in central London have been put forward – see our previous blog post here for details: https://freedomfordrivers.blog/2017/11/07/oxford-street-to-be-pedestrianised/

But according to a report in the publication Transport Network, the scheme is in jeopardy because Westminster Council has objected. They report that residents in Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Mayfair raised concerns about the diversion of traffic, including bus routes, which were likely to cause traffic congestion in surrounding streets. The Westminster council cabinet member, Daniel Astaire, who was responsible for the roads instructed staff to stop work on the proposals.

Note that we also expressed concerns about the impact on traffic congestion in surrounding roads, but it seems many residents’ objections might have been lost because TfL gave out an incorrect email address. Regardless they claimed 64% of respondents supported the proposals.

Roger Lawson

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