Commenting on Westminster City Council’s announcement to reject the plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street, Matt Winfield, London Director for cycling and walking charity Sustrans, said:
“It’s really disappointing that Westminster aren’t helping deliver this once in a generation opportunity to transform central London.
“Hundreds of thousands of people would benefit from this world-leading destination being free of traffic, free of exhaust fumes and open for all to use.
“The current situation simply isn’t sustainable. On average a pedestrian is involved in a collision once a week, and everyday half-a-million visitors and workers are breathing air that is four times the legal limit. Cancelling the project simply means residents, businesses and visitors will continue to suffer.
“We are calling on Westminster City Council to work with the Mayor to realise Oxford Street pedestrianisation and provide quality parallel high-quality cycle routes that will result in benefits for walking, air quality and a more sustainable and liveable city.”