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Oxford Street pedestrianisation gains public support

Plans to pedestrianise London’s Oxford Street have been backed by the public following an online consultation.

More than 22,000 responses from local residents, businesses and visitors were submitted. Of these, 64% of responses supported the plans in some form.

However, a third (33%) did not support the plans, which propose a new traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus.

If given the go-ahead, the project aims launch alongside the new Elizabeth rail line, which is expected to debut in December.

The project would include improved pedestrian crossings, wider pavements and additional taxi ranks on surrounding roads.

TFL and Westminster City Council said they are now considering each matter raised before taking any further decision on how to proceed.

These issues include traffic and air quality on residential roads, provision of a safe cycle route through the wider area, management of the public space and ensuring that Oxford Street remains accessible.

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, said: “We will now look at all the consultation responses in detail to ensure that everyone’s views are taken on board. Whether you’re a resident, a business, or regularly shop in the area, we must ensure the final details of the plan truly provide benefits to the millions of people who use the area every year.”

There were around 700 unique issues identified from the consultation, ranging from specific comments on localised elements of the plan to broader concerns about the scheme’s impact.

The results follows an earlier initial consultation in spring 17, which saw 62% of 12,000 respondents support the principles behind the transformation of Oxford Street.

The Elizabeth line is expected to bring many as 40% more visitors to Oxford Street, on top of the 500,000 seen every day.

Public realm works around the new Elizabeth line Bond Street station on Davies Street will begin next month.

Works to improve the area around Hanover Square will also be carried out by Westminster City Council later this year to improve access to a new station entrance.

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