A public consultation has been launched over plans to transform London’s Oxford Street and its surroundings into a largely traffic-free public space.
Under the first stage of the plans, the area between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus would be semi-pedestrianised by December 2018, to coincide with the opening of the new Elizabeth Crossrail line.
All east-west traffic would be restricted from entering that section of Oxford Street, but the north-south routes would remain in use.
The road would be raised so it is level with the existing pavements, to improve accessibility, and new seating added along the street. A 800-metre long work of public art would also be commissioned to run the length of the street.
The next stage of the project would introduce wider pavements, new public spaces and cycle routes, 25 pedestrian crossings, and additional taxi ranks.
How Oxford Street could look under the new plans
London mayor Sadiq Khan and Westminster City Council deputy leader Robert Davis unveiled the plans earlier today (6 November), and the public consultation will run until 17 December 2017.
The plans have been designed to fit with the wider improvements being made across the West End of London, including the transformation of Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations in advance of the Elizabeth line launch.
Khan said: “Whether you’re a local resident, a business, or shop in some of the area’s famous stores, our plans will make the area substantially cleaner and safer for everyone, creating one of the finest public spaces in the world.
“Alongside the arrival of the Elizabeth line, the Oxford Street area will be truly transformed over the coming years.”
Close to 12,000 people responded to the first public consultation on the proposed changes to Oxford Street earlier this year. The majority of respondents supported progressing with the overall transformation of the area.
Depending on the results of the second consultation, work could begin in early 2018.
Davis said: “With the opening of the Elizabeth line next year and expected increase in visitor numbers, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the Oxford Street district into the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and an unrivalled place to live, work and visit.
“There is a huge amount of public and private investment happening across the West End which is so important in generating opportunities and prosperity for Londoners. We want Oxford Street and the surrounding neighbourhoods to be the jewel in the crown.
“We listened to what people said as part of the first consultation and we now want to hear from as many people as possible about what they think about the detailed plans before we take any final decisions.”
To respond to the consultation, visit tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street
Another consultation on plans to transform the eastern end of Oxford Street between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road, as well as the surrounding areas, will be carried out next spring.