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Traffic and City Management Update

The period immediately before local elections is normally very quiet, but not this time. We have covered the Oxford Street issue in our earlier extra newsletters but there have been developments on other fronts. Westminster City Council Cabinet Member approval for the East-West Cycle Quietway was given on April 5. This runs from Edgware Road to Fitzrovia and affects Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, Nottingham Street, Marylebone High Street, Devonshire Street, Great Portland Street and Carburton Street. A consultation took place in the Autumn of 2015 when we raised a number of objections. In the east we are still concerned over pedestrian safety with the plan for a contraflow cycle lane on Gt. Portland Street. In the west, the proposal to reverse the traffic direction on Brendon Street will bring delivery trucks onto inappropriate streets. We feel this cycleway route is flawed and, in parts, unsafe. We would prefer cycle infrastructure that cyclist will find beneficial. However, a proposal to put a loading bay in Brendon Street has been withdrawn after a long and determined battle by local residents. An agreement has also been reached between the Council and the Farmers Market to allow the market to operate on Aybrook Street during the lengthy construction period of the Moxon Street car park site. We are disappointed that no replacement residents parking is to be provided and we are surprised that this decision has been taken before there is an agreed construction plan for the site, detailing traffic flows. Implications of the recent sale of the site for the current development scheme are not yet clear.

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Latest on Oxford Street Project

The following question was raised at a full Council Meeting Wednesday 18th April 2018

Can the Council assure us that the current status of the Oxford Street project is not a pre-election pause but a full review of the project?

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Call to Withdraw Oxford Street Consultation

Very serious issues are emerging with the TfL Oxford Street Consultation which has been subject to a series of blunders including the loss of a number of correctly submitted responses including that of the Marylebone Association and the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum, two of the key stakeholders in the area most affected by the pedestrianisation proposals. We are now therefore confronted with the prospect of receiving all the Oxford Street traffic without even having had our say against it. This cannot be fair.

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Oxford Street Transformation 2nd Consultation - Results out

The results of the second consultation on Oxford Street Transformation have been released today.

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Westminster City Council's 8 pledges on Oxford Street Transformation

Last week parts of Marylebone and Mayfair received a mail shot of this document from Westminster Council. Click on the link below to view the document

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Closure of Oxford Street - The West End does not want it!

Tomorrow, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will launch his next public consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street.

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