Oxford Street Consultation (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5050
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the first round of consultation conducted by Transport for London and Westminster City Council, 60% of local businesses and almost half of local residents indicated that they did not support the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street. Considering this, can the Mayor explain how the decision to propose full pedestrianisation of the section of Oxford Street between Oxford Circus and North Audley Street was reached?

Answer

Answer for Oxford Street Consultation (2)

Answer for Oxford Street Consultation (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the first phase of consultation in spring 2017, almost two thirds of respondents fully or partially supported the proposals for Oxford Street. In addition, Transport for London (TfL) received over 4,500 letters of support from the Living Streets Campaign.

I accept there are some genuine concerns, especially amongst resident groups. The project has worked to address these concerns, including regular liaison with local groups to take them through work around traffic and air quality impacts, among a range of other issues.

The project is being taken forward by TfL and Westminster City Council, and the decision to proceed reflects this joint working. I hope everyone will take the time to review the wealth of consultation material out in the public domain, and see that whilst we are transforming Oxford Street, this is a district-wide approach to not only mitigate impacts but to enhance the wider area.