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"Making Oxford Street a place to be enjoyed, not endured” – Stephen Knight

November 4, 2015 6:04 PM

"Making Oxford Street a place to be enjoyed, not endured" - Stephen Knight

Petition calling for Mayor and Westminster to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020 presented to the Mayor of London today

A petition calling for the pedestrianiation of Oxford Street by 2020 was presented today to the Mayor of London by Stephen Knight, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson.

The petition has been supported by nearly 2000 people from across London.

Stephen Knight has long called for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and last year published a detailed setting out how full pedestrianisation could be reached wihin a five year period.

Setting out the reasons for moving towards full pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, starting with the immediate re-introduction of VIP Day (Very Important Pedestrian Day) - which sadly is not taking place this year - Stephen Knight said:

"Oxford Street needs to be a place that is enjoyed, yet in practice it is largely endured by most people.

"We need to wake up to the facts. A shopping centre with the highest known concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the world and where pedestrians are knocked down every five days is doomed to decline in popularity and economic prosperity in the years ahead.


"Oxford Street's crowded pavements are already acting as a deterrent to many older people and families with children. Unless real changes occur many more people will start using other shopping centres.

"If Oxford Street is to retain its position as a world class retail centre it must finally resolve the conflict between its role as both a retail centre and transport link.

ENDS

1.The wording of the petition presented to the Mayor is:

I call on the Mayor of London to work with TfL and Westminster City Council to remove all motor traffic from Oxford Street, introduce a zero emission shuttle bus, leading to full pedestrianisation of Oxford Street by 2020.

http://www.londonlibdems.org.uk/ped_oxford_street

2. A full copy of the freedom of information request which reveals the breakdown of collisions in Oxford Street since 2004 is available on request.