Oxford Street consultation plans – have your say

To view the full designs and respond to the consultation, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street

  • Western section of Oxford Street could be transformed to create the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and an unrivalled place to live and visit
  • Subject to public response, plans for traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus will be delivered by December 2018 to coincide with launch of Elizabeth line services and increased visitor numbers
  • Bold plans for the wider area could include new high-quality public spaces, new cycle routes, 25 improved pedestrian crossings, wider pavements, and additional taxi ranks.

Ambitious plans for the start of the transformation of the Oxford Street area, centred on new world-class public spaces, were unveiled today by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL.

If approved, the plans, which are being publicly consulted on until 17 December 2017, would turn the Oxford Street district into the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and create new traffic-free public spaces in the heart of London to rival other world cities such as Paris and New York.

Throughout the consultation, people can have their say on plans to create a truly pedestrian-friendly environment. The proposals would see all east-west traffic restricted from entering Oxford Street between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus, whilst maintaining north-south routes through that section. The carriageway would be raised to be level with the existing pavements between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus during this first stage, making the area more accessible for everyone.

New seating would be placed along the street to give people a chance to rest and spend time enjoying the area. A new 800m-long work of public art could also be commissioned for the length of the former carriageway, acting as a centrepiece for the transformed street. Subject to public response, the delivery of this first stage scheme will aim to coincide with launch of Elizabeth line services through Central London in December 2018.

The plans have been designed to fit with the wider extensive improvements being made across the West End, including the transformation of Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations in advance of the Elizabeth line, the Baker Street two-way project, and changes to the Tottenham Court Road / Gower Street area. The scheme will also see a range of measures implemented to help protect the wider area from traffic and air quality impacts.

TfL has been working since summer 2016 to reduce the number of buses operating along Oxford Street by 40 per cent to reflect a change in customer travel and better match demand across the West End. With the opening of the Elizabeth line, this number would be reduced further – with just two routes (route 139 and route 390), rerouted to operate along Wigmore Street, Henrietta Place, and Cavendish Square, providing connections for visitors and local residents across the West End.

New and extended taxi ranks would be created close to Oxford Street to allow Black Cabs to continue to pick up and drop off. When combined with other taxi ranks being built and extended across the wider area, this would see the total number of rank spaces increase by 20 per cent by 2020. Taxis would also still be able to cross Oxford Street at Duke Street, Stratford Place, Vere Street and Harewood Place.

While cyclists would need to dismount when travelling along this section of Oxford Street, TfL and Westminster City Council are committed to providing cycling improvements in the surrounding area. In Summer 2018 we will consult on new high-quality cycle routes along quieter roads to the north and south of Oxford Street.

Lumiere London 2018

Illuminating London’s West End

Thursday 18th January 2018 – Sunday 21st January 2018

Garden of Light - Lumiere London

Lumiere London, the capital’s largest arts festival, returns to London’s West End in January 2018. More than 40 UK and international artists will transform London’s West End and landmarks across the capital into a vast nocturnal outdoor exhibition space, offering audiences new and surprising perspectives on the capital’s districts, streets and world-famous architecture.

See London’s West End in a spectacular new light as world-leading artists light up its iconic landmarks and globally renowned streets, attracting people to explore this unique cultural and theatrical destination and its unrivalled choice of world class leisure, retail and entertainment experiences.

Culture, art and entertainment are synonymous with London’s West End, the most visited destination in the UK, and the festival will welcome millions of over four evenings from the 18 to 21 January 2018, reinforcing the city’s position as the leading global cultural capital.

Festival destinations across London’s West End include Carnaby, Leicester Square, Mayfair, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Seven Dials, St James’s and St James’s Market, with Covent Garden, Fitzrovia and Victoria added as new locations for 2018.

Lumiere London is brought to London’s West End by:

         

 

Plans to transform the Oxford Street District

There are plans to transform the Oxford Street District into a world class public space progress after strong support from the first consultation.

  • A huge 12,000 responses submitted to first consultation from wide range of local residents, business and stakeholders across London and the UK
  • 62 per cent of respondents say they support the transformation of the area, with a second consultation on transformation of Oxford Street district planned for November 2017
  • Westminster and TfL are now working to address local concerns and develop designs to create the world’s best outdoor shopping experience
  • Transformation aiming to coincide with launch of Elizabeth line services through Central London in December 2018

Work to make the Oxford Street district a globally renowned public space has taken a step forward with the publication of the full results of the first public consultation that showed strong support for transforming the area. A second consultation on plans to secure the street’s future as the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and a great place to live and visit will now go ahead later this year.

Bordering vibrant residential community across Mayfair, Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho, Oxford Street welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every day. It is the location of some of the world’s best-loved stores and brand names as well as being a key commercial centre that helps drives the London and UK economies.

The second consultation is expected to begin in early November 2017 and seek to offer a district wide solution that delivers the vision of being the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and a great place to live, work and visit.

Several key topics have been identified in relation to the transformation, including addressing concerns raised by local residents, such as traffic impacts on the wider area, provision and relocation of bus services and accessibility issues, providing a better experience as well as improving air quality around the Oxford Street district.

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.

The consultation also outlined a number of areas which residents, businesses and stakeholders felt should be considered to ensure that any transformation would be a success both for Oxford Street and the wider area. These included:

  • How the transformation of Oxford Street would affect traffic flows in the surrounding areas
  • What impact the transformation would have on air quality along Oxford Street and the wider area
  • Ensuring access to and from Oxford Street is maintained, particularly for the disabled, elderly or people travelling with very young children
  • Confirmation on which forms of transport would be allowed to a future transformed Oxford Street, and ensuring these are properly catered for throughout the transformation
  • Improving cycling infrastructure on alternative streets around Oxford Street and linking them to the wider cycling network
  • Suggestions for potential designs, including calls for additional planting, better seating and other public realm features such as new public art and al fresco dining
  • How the public space would be effectively managed after any transformation

To support the transformation programme, ten detailed work streams are now underway to directly address the wide range of comments raised during first consultation. Each project will help shape the broader plans to ensure that the transformation delivers for all with minimal impact to local traffic, residents or businesses.

Subject to the outcomes of the proposed second consultation, a transition scheme could be in place by the time the Elizabeth line service opens in December 2018 with a full transformation scheme planned to be in place by 2021.

Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council said:

“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 for Transport, said:

“We’re ambitious to turn Oxford Street into one of the finest public spaces in the world. I’m delighted that so many people have engaged with the consultation so far, and we now have a huge opportunity to transform the area by making it cleaner and safer for the millions of people who spend time in the area every year.

Whether you visit Oxford Street for shopping, or you’re a local resident or business, we need to make sure the plans are the very best they can be, and I’m excited that we’ll now be coming forward with more detailed plans for the transformation in the coming weeks.”

 

Alex Williams, Director of City Planning at Transport for London, said:

“Wherever you go around the world, if you mention Oxford Street, people know you are talking about London. However, the area is already very busy and growth in London’s population and economy will bring even more people to the area.

Along with reducing the number of buses along Oxford Street by 40 per cent, the introduction of the Elizabeth line provides a once in a generation opportunity to tackle the challenges of poor air quality and congestion to help ensure that it retains its iconic status for years to come. The strong support from this consultation has shown that there is a desire to make Oxford Street and the wider area an even better place to live, work and visit. We will now work to further analyse the consultation responses and address the issues raised as we develop our plans for a truly transformational scheme for all.”

 

For more information on the transformation of Oxford Street and the wider district, please visit the TfL consultation page and Westminster City Council.

Consultation begins on transforming Oxford Street District

Westminster City Council and TfL are working closely together to deliver an ambitious transformation programme that will ensure Oxford St will be renowned as the world’s best outdoor shopping experience.

The opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2018 offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver improvements that will make this icon of London and the UK a destination of choice for many years to come

To help shape what the future of Oxford St could be, an initial eight-week consultation launches today (Monday 24 April) to seek views from as many people as possible as to how to improve Oxford Street and the surrounding District, to maintain its position as the jewel in the West End crown.

Once the results of the first round of consultation are known, a further consultation could follow in the autumn on a detailed scheme, paving the way for the start of the transformation of Oxford Street by December 2018, when the Elizabeth line opens.

The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, and London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, have today both welcomed the start of a consultation to support the delivery of what is expected to be one of the most ambitious place-shaping projects London has ever seen.

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 district is also home to a vibrant local community who are proud to call the area their home. However, international competition and ongoing local issues such as overcrowding, congestion and poor air quality are putting its long-term future at risk.

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 on Oxford Street‎
  • addressing its poor air quality
  • reducing crowding on 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

Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Today is an exciting first step in our plans to transform Oxford Street into one of the finest public spaces in the world. Oxford Street is iconic as a shopping destination, but there is far too much pollution and we have a huge opportunity to make it cleaner and safer for the millions of people who use the street every year.

“We need to make the transformation the very best it can be – ensuring it benefits local residents, businesses, and people who rely upon transport links in the area. This is an important first opportunity for Londoners to have their say before we outline our detailed proposals later in the year.”

Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, said: “This consultation is the first step towards transforming Oxford Street to make it an even more enjoyable experience for the thousands of people that use the area every single day. We want to ensure that all residents, office workers, shoppers and tourists benefit from the improvements to one of the busiest and most famous streets in Europe.

“In order to achieve this, we would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and have their say on the future of an iconic area of London. The Mayor and I are in total agreement that the area should be massively improved but we don’t yet have any firm plans. That’s why we want to hear what residents, businesses, visitors and workers think will improve the district.

“Once we have gathered as many views as we can, we will develop a detailed proposal and a second round of consultation is planned in the autumn. It is a highly complex environment, but we know that by working together with all those who have a stake in the future of the area, we can get the best outcomes for the Oxford Street district.”

London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “Oxford Street is known across the globe as a fantastic place to shop, meet friends and socialise. The introduction of the Elizabeth line will help ensure that it retains its iconic status for years to come.

“It’s therefore vital that we take this once in a lifetime opportunity to make the area an even better place to live, work and visit. I would encourage everyone to get involved in this important consultation and help us shape the future of this world-renowned destination.”

For more information and to respond to the consultation, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street.