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October 11 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Oxford Street plan gets thumbs up

Work to make Oxford Street, London, “globally renowned public space” by removing all traffic in December 2018, has taken a step forward with the results of a consultation that showed strong support. 

A second consultation will go ahead later this year. 

Several key topics have been identified such as traffic impacts, provision and relocation of bus services and accessibility.

Almost 12,000 responses from local residents, stakeholders, businesses and visitors from across the UK were received during the initial eight-week consultation conducted by Westminster City Council, The Mayor of London and Transport for London between April and June 2017.

A review of these shows strong support for progressing with the overall transformation of Oxford Street – with 43 per cent of respondents who completed an online questionnaire strongly supporting the proposals and a further 19 per cent offering their support.

But 30 per cent of those who responded said they didn’t support the transformation and feedback was clear that any scheme must address a range of transport, accessibility and congestion concerns raised by locals and others.  

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