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Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street scrapped by Westminster Council

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Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street scrapped by Westminster Council

Plans to pedestrianise parts of Londons Oxford Street have been scrapped, Westminster Council has announced. (Picture: Getty Images)

Plans to pedestrianise parts of Londons Oxford Street have been scrapped, Westminster Council has announced.

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In a letter issued to residents today, the council said it has withdrawn support for the scheme following two public consultations.

It stated: We believe there is a very strong democratic mandate that the pedestrianisation scheme that was under consideration is not what local people want, it stated.

As a result, Westminster City Council has taken the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street off the table for good.

Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street scrapped by Westminster Council

London mayor Sadiq Khan described the decision as a betrayal and said it poses a real threat to the future of the shopping area. (Picture: Getty)

London mayor Sadiq Khan described the decision as a betrayal and said it poses a real threat to the future of the shopping area.

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The mayor had backed plans to pedestrianise the area since he won the mayoral election in 2015.

Council leader Nickie Aiken called for a “rethink of the whole strategy and said the council will work on proposals to improve the district.

She added: Doing nothing to improve the area is not an option either if we are to maximise the potential benefits from the opening of the Elizabeth Line.

We must future-proof Oxford Street and the surrounding district so it remains the pre-eminent shopping district in the UK and maintains its crown as the nations high street in an ever-changing business and retail environment.

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Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street scrapped by Westminster Council

The measures were set to be implemented by December to coincide with the launch of Elizabeth line services, which is expected to boost visitor numbers. (Picture: Getty)

The measures were set to be implemented by December to coincide with the launch of Elizabeth line services, which is expected to boost visitor numbers.

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Mr Khan said: This will be seen as a betrayal of the millions of Londoners and visitors to our city who would have benefited from making Oxford Street a safer, healthier and better environment.

All the main mayoral candidates agreed on the need for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street at the last election, as did Westminster Council until today.

He added: This now poses a real threat to the future of Oxford Street, which could not be worse timed, coming on the same day House of Fraser announced they will be closing their Oxford Street store.

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