Oxford Street Transformation

The Mayor of London, Transport for London and the City of Westminster are working on plans that would see an 800 metre stretch from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street transformed into a great place to walk. Find out more about the project and our views below.

When the Elizabeth Line opens an extra 150,000 people are expected to arrive every day. With pavements already jam-packed, there is no time to lose in prioritising the space for people.

Oxford Street is one of the UK’s most iconic shopping streets, but it has a problem. It’s unsafe, unpleasant and polluted.

What should be a world-renowned place for people to enjoy our capital, is a place dominated by motor traffic. Once a week a pedestrian is involved in a collision and the air is so polluted it is illegal.

Half-a-million people visit Oxford Street and the surrounding streets every day. That’s half-a-million people breathing air pollution levels that are four times the legal limit.

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. Sustrans has always believed that by changing the way we travel, we can make our cities safer, healthier, fairer and better places to be -  the Mayor’s transformation of Oxford Street should do just that.

- Matt Winfield, London Director, Sustrans

We believe the success of Oxford Street’s transformation is dependent on the provision of high-quality, parallel cycle route nearby. This is one of our core principles that should guide the project and would ensure Oxford Street can be substantially pedestrianised, while cycling through and to the West End would be very substantially improved.

Working with Living Streets, the London Cycling Campaign and Campaign for Better Transport, we share seven principles that we think should guide this transformation:

1.  Make Oxford Street a world class visitor and business destination - a great place to be and walk
2.  Accessible to all, regardless of age or disability
3.  A safe environment, day and night
4.  Removal of all motor traffic with access to buses and taxis a short walk away
5.  Provision of a parallel high-quality east-west cycle route
6.  Careful consideration of the impact on the wider West End
7.  Consolidated deliveries limited to off-peak times

We also believe that the opportunity should be taken to change the way deliveries and services are transported to Oxford Street and the surrounding district, through consolidation, re-time and the use of alternative vehicles, for example.

Together these will ensure the project deliver’s maximum benefits in reducing the dominance of motor-traffic while improving options for active travel and quality of life. This will help maintain London’s global position a place to live, work, visit and invest in.

People walking and bus on oxford street

Living Streets are campaigning to make Oxford street a place to walk freely and safely, without being exposed to the risks of pollution and traffic.

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More than 22,000 people submitted a response to the plans to transform London’s most famous shopping street into a traffic-free boulevard. Overall, 64% responses supported the plans in some form, with comments from local residents, businesses and visitors now being considered by Transport for London and Westminster City Council.

This last consultation closed on the 3rd January 2018, and you can read our responses here.

Sustrans welcomes progress on the transformation of Oxford Street and the opportunity to comment on proposals