Summary of Oxford Street district vision

Westminster City Council and Transport for London have now closed the second phase of public consultation on preferred options and wider transformation proposals for the Oxford Street district.

The purpose of the consultation was to gather detailed views on the transformation of Oxford Street, with both the permanent and 12 hour closure to traffic being considered, and north-south routes remaining open.

The consultation by Westminster City Council (WCC) and Transport for London closed on 3 January 2018.

 

New West End Company’s response to this second stage consultation called for:

  • The Transformation should be of the entire length of Oxford Street, from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch
  • The traffic free areas should be closed for just 12 hours from 10.00 to 22.00 to allow for servicing
  • The integrity of Oxford Circus, in its design and symmetry, should be maintained with public realm work undertaken on the western side matched on the eastern side in stage one
  • Closure of west Oxford Street to traffic should provide an opportunity to reduce traffic and increase pedestrian space on Regent Street
  • A well-resourced, robust and strongly enforced management plan should be in place in time for the completion of stage one

This website is a resource for New West End Company members and others who have an interest in this vision.

If you would like to know more, contact Dan Johnson, Head of Place-making on 0207 462 0680 or at oxfordstreetvision@newwestend.com

The consultation process

The purpose of the second phase was to consult in detail on the transformation of Oxford Street, with both the permanent and 12 hour closure to traffic being considered, and north-south routes remaining open.

The consultation also examines operational issues, and will outline the evidence and technical analysis in the proposed approach to kerbside management and issues around security and vehicle movement from the proposed ‘hub’ distribution sites along Oxford Street.

It is proposed for work to begin first on Oxford Street West from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street (to be completed by December 2018); Oxford Street East (2019-2020); and finally on the remainder of Oxford Street West to Marble Arch (2021+).

The final phase currently does not have funding committed. An initial transition stage to complete the initial Oxford Street West work in time for the opening of the Elizabeth Line will then be replaced by a permanent transformation scheme.

New West End Company’s response to the first consultation in April 2017 called for TfL and WCC to have an ambitious vision for the district. This included:

  • A significant reduction in traffic in the West End to enable Oxford Street to be closed to traffic between 10am and 10pm, with the north-south routes to remain open
  • Promoting good growth by allowing a greater density of commercial development and amending planning policies to allow a better mix of uses in the Oxford Street district
  • The need to make better use of side streets, encourage more entertainment and evening economy, and promote a cultural strategy

 

Workshops

New West End Company held a number of workshops to share information and gather feedback on the proposals. If you would like further information about these please contact Dan Johnson, Head of Place-making on 0207 462 0680 or at oxfordstreetvision@newwestend.com

There are eight key principles which form the basis of New West End Company’s vision for the Oxford Street district, which we believe will help secure the long-term success of the West End and provide the policy environment needed to deliver it.

  1. Take this once in a lifetime opportunity, provided by the opening of the Elizabeth line, to create an ambitious long-term vision for the Oxford Street District that incorporates both transport and economic growth measures and ensure that relevant policies are produced to deliver the vision.
  2. Significantly reduce the volume of traffic in the West End – reduction not redirection – in ways that works for businesses.
  3. Expand the boundaries of the International Shopping Centre and the West End Special Retail Policy Area to broaden the Oxford Street District so that it can grow in ways that best serve businesses, residents and visitors.
  4. Encourage a broader range of uses, such as leisure, culture and civic amenities, which complement shopping uses in order to attract more visitors and encourage them to stay longer.
  5. Promote greater intensification of use by allowing higher buildings and the sensitive addition of new levels on existing building to provide the commercial space needed to meet the economic and employment growth targets set by the West End Partnership.
  6. Promote the evening economy of the Oxford Street district by encouraging the extension of day time activities and introduction more evening uses.
  7. Develop and promote a cultural strategy for the Oxford Street district to widen its appeal to visitors.
  8. Prepare Planning and Design Guidance that promote and guide the design, use and management of buildings and public spaces in ways that will help deliver the long-term vision.

Studies and documents

Over the past two years, New West End Company has commissioned a detailed Business Study to help respond to the employment and growth targets set by the West End Partnership and the need for a district vision.

Read our full response to the first stage of Oxford Street consultation here.

Read our full response to the second stage of Oxford Street district consultation here.

To read our Business Study click here.