The council’s plans for Oxford Street and surrounding areas are a positive step
23 November, 2018
• THE pedestrianisation of Oxford Street was overwhelmingly rejected by both residents and Westminster City Council.
Despite his fanciful claims Peter Hartley is wrong in claiming the original Oxford Street traffic modelling proved a point about traffic reduction, (We still want a traffic-free Oxford Street, November 16).
It was rejected because of the impact it would have on residential areas adjacent to Oxford Street and beyond.
Mr Hartley now proposes the removal of all traffic from the West End which, as non-resident outsider, he perceives to be just Oxford Street. Will this include delivery lorries, taxis and blue badge holders?
If there was an efficient integrated transport system in place, to include buses and trains, then a reduction in cars would be welcome but the Mayor of London has failed to deliver Crossrail and Transport for London are reducing buses and axing routes.
As a poor example of traffic remodelling, the cycle lane at Lancaster Gate has moved most vehicles off Bayswater Road and created a “rat-run” through the Hyde Park Estate.
A traffic monitoring programme funded by the Hyde Park Association has established that over 4,000 vehicles a day are cutting through Hyde Park Street, into Connaught Street, and back on to Bayswater Road at Stanhope Place.
These include heavy goods vehicles and coaches (which are officially banned from these residential streets).
The council’s plans for Oxford Street and the surrounding areas are a positive step to improving this thoroughfare and it is inclusive of all those who use Oxford Street whether residents, commuters or visitors.