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TfL issue apology for Oxford Street pedestrianisation claims

Report that suggested majority backed plans is withdrawn after it emerged all emailed responses had been excluded

30 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is opposed by several residents’ associations

TRANSPORT for London has been forced to withdraw a report it boasted proved a majority supported its Oxford Street pedestrianisation.

Westminster Council and TfL have “apologised unreservedly” and withdrawn the report after it emerged all emailed responses had been excluded from a final report.

The pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is strongly opposed by several residents’ associations that fear traffic will be pushed into neighbouring streets.

A statement said: “Transport for London and Westminster City Council apologise unreservedly for this.”

The Better Oxford Street campaign group – an alliance of influential resident associations around the West End – said it was also worried that there had also been a “misinterpretation of stakeholder responses”.

The Paddington Residents Active Concern on Transport had been classed as supporting the changes, when its response was clearly in opposition.

The Mayor of London and Westminster Council claim that the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street – between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus – can still be “delivered by December 2018” to coincide with the opening of the new Elizabeth line.

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