The consultation talks about wanting to make the West End a better environment for businesses. However, a whopping 60% of local businesses expressed opposition to the plans in the first round of consultation.
Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in the world. The West End as a whole contributes 3% of the UK’s economy. Pedestrianisation makes it harder to access the world-class shops and restaurants on offer, posing a threat to the local economy. It will also harm independent businesses in the West End by diverting traffic to neighbouring roads and making it harder to receive deliveries. All in all, pedestrianisation will hurt the local economy.