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Oxford Street plans to continue without TfL backing

Plans to reshape London’s Oxford Street are continuing, despite the project failing to gain funding from Transport for London (TfL).

City AM reports that Westminster City Council has agreed to draw up its own strategy for the plans, having previously scrapped proposals from TfL to fully pedestrianise the area, on the grounds that there was not a “strong democratic mandate” for the changes.

The new plans from the council will need to address challenges including air pollution and overcrowding in the area. Without TfL funding, the council will have to pay the £270,000 bill for the project.

However, the new plans will not include full pedestrianisation of the street, as was originally proposed. In a letter to Westminster City Council, London mayor Sadiq Khan said his team “questioned the value of more strategy work”, on the proposals, having previously warned that Oxford Street risks “losing its reputation” as a shopping destination unless full pedestrianisation goes ahead.

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