Westminster Labour Councillors raise residents’ concerns about Oxford Street pedestrianisation plans

Westminster Labour Councillors have called for a meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan and Valerie Shawcross, Deputy mayor for Transport to raise concerns expressed by residents of Fitzrovia, Soho, north Mayfair and Marylebone about the local impact of plans  to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020.

Labour say that there are over 10,000 residents living in the busy and bustling streets north and south of Oxford Street. The population is primarily ordinary working people, many of whom have lived in the area for years, whose children attend the local schools and who work in local businesses. Many people live in social housing, or housing for the elderly and they cannot choose to move out of the area if it becomes even more congested and polluted by increased bus and taxi traffic.

Councillor Jason Williams, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for City Management and Sustainability said:

“While we believe there could be benefits from plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, it is vital this is done in conjunction with a review of bus routes so as not to move traffic and pollution onto residential streets north and south of Oxford Street.”

“Real consultation with local residents needs to be an integral part of any plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street”

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One Response to Westminster Labour Councillors raise residents’ concerns about Oxford Street pedestrianisation plans

  1. Jean Hughes says:

    As someone who has mobility problems, and visits OS a few times a year, I am interested in how people like me are supposed to get from shop to shop. I bus hop at the moment. I am also concerned as to where the traffic is supposed to go, north to south, jamming up the back streets? this needs much more thought, or it will all go badly wrong

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