We have put people first on Oxford Street
01 June, 2018
• FOLLOWING an overwhelming rejection of the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street by residents, community groups, local businesses and Westminster Council, Peter Hartley, chair of Living Streets, took to print, (Pedestrianise Oxford Street, May 25).
Repeating his dire warnings of pedestrian deaths and millions of Crossrail passengers swarming into busy Oxford Street, he is also attempting to lay the blame of this justifiable rebuff at the doors of local residents, like me, by insisting we are a bunch of nimbys.
It has been our collective voice that has exposed the flaws in this master plan that will not only disenfranchise the less able but subject all the adjoining residential streets to increased pollution, noise and gridlock. Mr Hartley also appears to be under the impression that Crossrail finishes in Oxford Street where millions of people will get off!
Crossrail is an interchange and will improve journeys and connections for many travellers and if they do step off at Bond Street they will still be able to get on a bus or taxi on Oxford Street as part of an integrated transport system thanks to those of us who put people first.