Oxford Street revamp set to go ahead following consultation

5th January 2024 | Jack Oliver

A £90m revamp of Oxford Street and its surrounding areas is set to go ahead following a consultation with businesses and members of the public.

Over 1,600 people were surveyed, with around 64% supporting Westminster City Council’s proposals, 12% remaining neutral, and 20% in opposition.

The Oxford Street proposals include various changes between Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road, including the widening of pavements, the creation of amenity spaces, and increased trees and greenery.

Currently, the width of the historic shopping street varies from end-to-end, however the plans propose to create a consistent 6.5 metre width for the carriageway, allowing two-way traffic along the street. It is also hoped that the increased space will provide comfort for pedestrians.

The proposals also include details of 16 designated “amenity spaces”, which are designed to provide a place for pedestrians to gather and rest, with seating and greenery to enhance the appeal of these spots.

Other proposed changes include street lighting upgrades, upgraded and new pedestrian crossings, the creation of cycle lanes, updated bus stops, new taxi ranks, and bike and e-scooter parking.

The proposals – part of the Fairer Westminster plan – also include key projects at Oxford Circus, Marylebone/Fitzrovia, Oxford Street West, and Eastcastle Street junction.

In September, Westminster City Council reached an agreement with the New West End Company to jointly fund the redevelopment.

Work is expected to begin in the autumn.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic development, Councillor Geoff Barraclough, and deputy chief executive, Bernie Flaherty, said: “Oxford Street is recognised around the world as one Europe’s leading high streets but was badly hit by the pandemic and changing shopping patterns. That’s why it’s essential that we deliver practical upgrades and an improved public realm to ensure that London’s premier shopping street remains a destination that we can all be proud of – a great place to live, work and visit.”

“It was wonderful to see such positive feedback from the consultation, with over 65% of respondents in
support of the proposals. After many different plans over the years, we understand and share the
public’s desire to get on with delivering improvements to Oxford Street and the wider neighbourhoods”, they added.


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