Pedestrianisation will make it far harder for people with restricted mobility, such as the elderly, people with buggies and wheelchair users, to access Oxford Street. Many people with restricted mobility rely on taxis to access the West End and the shops, restaurants and culture there. Taxis are fully accessible and provide a crucial lifeline for many individuals with restricted mobility, for instance through the operation of Transport for London’s Taxicard scheme. Many people also rely on buses to access Oxford Street. It is especially important to maintain vehicle access to Oxford Street given Oxford Circus and Bond Street, two of the network’s busiest underground stations, have no step-free access.
We believe that pedestrianisation has worrying equalities impacts which cannot be ignored.