There is just one week remaining to have your say on the transformation of Oxford Street – one of the most ambitious proposals central London has ever seen.
Westminster City Council is working in partnership with the Mayor of London, and Transport for London (TfL) to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area to ensure it remains as one of the world’s best outdoor shopping experience. We want to know your views at a series of roadshows which are taking place on June 10, 12, 14 and 16. The roadshows are part of our overall eight-week consultation: ‘Have your say on the transformation of Oxford Street’, which ends at midnight on Sunday, June 18.
A world-class destination, Oxford Street is a leading shopping and cultural hub that welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every day. It is home to some of the best-loved stores and brand names as well as being a key commercial centre that drives the London and UK economies. There is also a strong educational and cultural tradition, from the University of Westminster to the world famous London Palladium and prestigious Wigmore Hall.
The proposals to transform Oxford Street aim to significantly improve the area, as well as creating jobs, opportunities and prosperity, bolstering the area’s reputation as a leading shopping destination and ensuring the District retains the unique character of its neighbourhoods. Westminster City Council and TfL propose to create a new world-class public space by:
Improving the public spaces and overall experience so that people will want to visit and keep coming back
Improving neighbourhoods so they are some of the best places to live and visit in London
Reducing the volume of traffic in Oxford Street
Addressing its poor air quality
Reducing crowding in Oxford Street and improving road safety
Managing the traffic in the surrounding area and improving neighbourhoods for residents
Supporting businesses throughout the District, enabling economic growth and creating jobs
Ensuring the area remains accessible
The introduction of the Elizabeth Line in late 2018 provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle these challenges and make the district the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and an unrivalled place to live, work and visit. This is why it is vital that everyone who wants to have their say, has their say at our roadshows or online consultation.
Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, Cllr Robert Davis, said:
“We want to create a better environment for Oxford Street, address poor air quality, support a cultural heartland and thriving business district and deliver improved neighbourhoods. But before we make any decisions on whether to progress with a second consultation, we want to know the thoughts of everyone who has a view on the future of Oxford Street. That is everyone who visits, works or lives in the area so please get involved in this very important consultation.
“Oxford Street is one of the best known shopping destinations in the world. Around half a million people visit or work in the street and surrounding area every day and thousands of people and families live close by. These plans are about ensuring our proud legacy lives on and not just for everyone who loves our Capital ad loves Oxford Street – but for future generations to come.”
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said:
“Oxford Street is the world’s most famous shopping street but it is time we brought it in to the 21st Century. This consultation is about making it one of the world’s finest public spaces too. Today there is simply far too much pollution, but with the forthcoming arrival of the Elizabeth line we have a real opportunity to make the street cleaner and safer for the millions who use it every year. We are committed to making this transformation the very best it can be, for the benefit of local residents, businesses and all those who rely on transport in the area.”
To find out more our roadshows will be hosted by representatives from Westminster City Council and Transport for London. Expert guidance is on hand to talk you through the principles and issues related to the transformation and we will have a supply of consultation booklets at each event. The roadshows take place at the following venues, dates and times:
Grosvenor Chapel, Garden Room, 24 S Audley Street London , WIK 2PA. Saturday, June 10, 11am to 4pm and Monday, June 12 noon to 7pm.
Wigmore Hall, Bechstein Room, 36 Wigmore Street, London, WIU 2BP. Saturday, June 10, 11am to 4pm and Friday, June 16, 10am to 4pm.
Regent Hall Salvation Army Church and Community Centre, 275 Oxford Street, London, WIC 2DJ, nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Main Hall, Saturday, June 10, 11am to 4pm. Oxford Street Room, noon to 7pm, Wednesday, June 14.
To take part in the online ‘Have your say on the transformation of Oxford Street consultation visit www.tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street or write to ‘Freepost TfL consultations.