Westminster Council and Transport for London are asking for people’s views on changes to Oxford Street that could mean all motor traffic and pedal cycles could be banned from the shopping street.
If the plans go ahead, taxis, buses and delivery vehicles could be re-routed through side streets and parallel roads in Fitzrovia. This will increase traffic congestion and pollution in our neighbourhood and make walking and cycling here more hazardous.
You can stop this from happening by telling Westminster Council and TfL you do not support the plans.
Go to the consultation website: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/oxford-street/consultation/
And do the following:
At question 1 – Select the option that says:
I do not support the transformation of Oxford Street
Then in the box below say something like the following (please add you own thoughts, if you wish):
I am very concerned about the quality of air in Fitzrovia, the health of the 8,000 residents, the 50,000 people working here, and the children at the local school at the centre of our neighbourhood. The 200 children at All Souls Primary School in Foley Street are exposed to an average of 47.9 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre. This exceeds the EU legal limit which is 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air. Yet there is nothing in the proposals to transform Oxford Street that deals with the air quality in the wider West End. We see the ideas put forward which include pedestrianising Oxford Street as shifting polluting vehicles into our neighbourhood and increasing congestion here.
At question 2 – put the following in the box (please add you own thoughts, if you wish):
The Mayor should not ban cyclists from Oxford Street as this would discourage people from using active transport to do their shopping. Plans to re-route buses, taxis and delivery vans through Fitzrovia would have a very negative impact on the district. It is not acceptable to move the polluted air and congestion into streets where people live and work. The Mayor and TfL must tackle air quality and congestion over a much wider area than just Oxford Street. On high pollution days, the Mayor must restrict motor traffic movement in the whole of central London. The Mayor must ban all but emergency vehicles on high pollution days across central London.
At question 3 – put the following in the box (please add you own thoughts, if you wish):
Oxford Street should be an accessible place for all shoppers whether they are able bodied or have disabilities. There should be places to sit and drinking fountains and public toilets at regular intervals along the street. It should also be a pedestrian and cycle friendly street. It should have a 10 mph speed limit.
The deadline for comments is midnight Sunday 18 June 2017.