A consultation that could see Oxford Street pedestrianised closes next week.

The plans, designed by Westminster City Council and TfL, could see a new traffic-free area between the Selfridges department store and Oxford Circus delivered by December 2018 to coincide with the launch of Elizabeth line services.

Delivering the end product in less than a year implies a very tight turnaround, so the consultation is likely to be a first, and last, chance to comment on the plans. Plans for the rest of Oxford Street along to Tottenham Court Road will follow later.

The pedestrianisation would see the road level raised up to the same height as the existing pavements, which should reduce the amount of time it takes to complete the work — and reduce the number of services that might otherwise have had to be dug up.

As well as transforming Oxford Street, improvements will be made to the surrounding streets, including at least 25 new pedestrian crossings in Marylebone and Mayfair, wider pavements and other street enhancements throughout the wider area.

Traffic will still be able to cross Oxford Street north and south at key points.

The plans would also see a substantial reduction in the number of buses operating along Oxford Street – with just two routes (route 139 and route 390), rerouted to operate along Wigmore Street, Henrietta Place, and Cavendish Square.

A number of buses have already been diverted away from Oxford Street in preparation for the changes.

Some people could also have to change buses to complete their journey, although the recent introduction of the Hopper fare makes that less of a financial issue than it would have been.

In addition, all of the bus stops on Oxford Street would be closed and removed as a result of the proposal to remove buses from Oxford Street West. Additional bus stops would then be added on the side streets where the two remaining bus services would be diverted.

Although those changes mean people on Oxford Street have to walk one block further to get to a bus, it’s notable that many of the large department stores have back doors already, so many shoppers will simply use a different exit.

The changes to the bus routes may therefore also entail changes by the department stores to improve their smaller entrances along Henrietta Place

You have until next Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 to comment on the plans.

For more information and to respond, visit https://tfl.gov.uk/oxford-street


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  1. SteveP says:

    Great idea too long in coming. I once heard London was offered a “free” monorail above Oxford Street, which would have been very cool (much more useful than the Emirates Airline). True?

    Does anyone actually take a bus down Oxford Street willingly? I used to, back in the Real Routemaster days, but only in the mornings. Traffic is much lighter before noon, so to get to work it was feasible to take the bus and just hop off if traffic was held up. But the afternoons are impossible. It’s essentially a parking lot.

    Why not create a circular bus route just off Oxford Street that goes from Holborn area to Marble Arch and… make it free? To go east, you’d go north of Oxford Street to grab your free ride and to go west you’d pop south. I know “free” is not in our dictionary. But heavily subsidised micromanaged we do very well.

  2. Christina Dyall says:

    We are an ageing population whose abilty to walk gets less. The current suggestions mean that those people will no longer be able to shop in Oxford Street since there will be no bus to for example get on at Selfridges and get off at John Lewis. These suggestions are obviously made by people who are young and have been made for the young. In order to shop in Oxford Street there has to be transfer from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus and beyond – if buses are such as problem what a moving escalator

    • Ian Visits says:

      There will be busses passing by both Selfridges and John Lewis — as both have back entrances and buses will stop outside their doors.

    • V St Clair says:

      Ian Visits – not for the less able residents, who will be left high and dry, without access to local shops or to essential buses (e.g. to get to local St Mary’s Hospital), unless funding is secured for some kind of mobility service for them.

    • Ian Visits says:

      That hospital is in Paddington – not sure what it has to do with shopping on Oxford Street.

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