Oxford Street (1)

MQT on 2010-10-13
Session date: 
October 13, 2010
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Over 300 buses an hour go past stores such as Selfridges contributing to some of the highest pollution levels in Europe for dangerous airborne particles and nitrogen dioxide. Does this match your vision for London's premiere shopping street?


Answer for Oxford Street (1)

Answer for Oxford Street (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am strongly in support of measures to maintain and develop the vitality of the West End. As you know, TfL delivered a 10% reduction in bus services on Oxford Street in 2009 and plans to do so again in 2010.

The West End is unquestionably dependent on the ability of the public, including those who shop or work there, to access it by a variety of means. It is therefore important that excellent public transport access to the West End be maintained. There are over 1.4 million journeys per week by bus to or from the area.

A good, well-used bus network is also essential in delivering air quality improvements in London. Particulate emissions from buses have already been reduced by 90%. Further measures for buses, taxis and other types of vehicle are set out in my draft Air Quality Strategy.