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10.10.17

Two-thirds of public in favour of 'transformation' of Oxford Street district

TfL plans to improve the Oxford Street district took a step forward today with the publication of the first public consultation this week.

There were 12,000 recorded responses to the consultation with two-thirds (62%) of people in favour of transformative work in the area.

Although there was support for the work, only 43% of people supported TfL's specific plans, while 19% objected to some or all of the proposals.

The second consultation is expected to begin November 2017 with the aim of launching in December 2018 at the same time as the Elizabeth Line.

The responses also revealed a number of issues, including the need to ensure access to the area for elderly and disabled residents as well as improving cycling infrastructure in the surrounding streets.

Residents were also concerned with the way traffic flow and air quality would be affected by the alterations.

The replies also included suggestions for the design of the work as well as questions surrounding the type of traffic which would be allowed through the area.

Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, commented: “This is the next step in our efforts to transform the country’s most famous and economically important shopping district, which is also home to a vibrant residential community.

“We want Oxford Street and the surrounding area to remain the envy of the world and our vision is to create a neighbourhood and outdoor shopping experience that cities across the globe can aspire to.

“This is an enormous project which many people care deeply about. It’s crucial that everyone knows that we are listening and that they can help shape our plans.”

Val Shawcross, deputy mayor of transport, said she was “delighted” with the number of responses to the consultation and confirmed authorities were ‘ambitious to turn Oxford Street into one of the finest public spaces in the world’.

TfL are facing similar development projects in other areas including a partnership for the Blackhorse Road area.

Subject to the outcomes of the proposed second consultation, a full transformation scheme is planned to be in place by 2021.

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Comments

John Beeston   10/10/2017 at 13:10

Aah the always impartial TfL survey questionaire

Rene Lavanchy   10/10/2017 at 18:40

This article is factually inaccurate - 62% did not support the "TfL plans", they supported a vague and unexplained idea of "transformation". Of that 62%, 19% said they actually objected to TfL's plans to a greater or lesser extent. In fact, more respondents have a problem with the plans (49%) than fully support them! Yet this isn't mentioned anywhere in the article. Moreover, most of the 'fully support' responses were template emails sent to people by the campaign Living Streets. I think it's safe to assume that many of the people who sent those template emails didn't bother to read them before clicking send. There were no template emails sent for the other responses. So the quality of the 'fully support' vote is inferior.

Jak Jaye   11/10/2017 at 15:01

Oxford Street 'envy of the world'? do us a favour its a dump,pollution,noise,and third world shops. Once again an article centering on a tiny part of southern england

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