The Lib Dems are celebrating the success of the campaign to make Oxford Street pedestrianised by 2020 and the announcement by newly elected Mayor Sadiq Khan that he is giving long-standing Liberal Democrat proposals the green light. The original Lib Dem campaign focused on improving safety for pedestrians and improving air quality within the Capital.
The campaign to pedestrianise Oxford Street, championed by Lib Dem Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon in early 2014, was seen as a way of cutting dangerous pollution and to ensure that Oxford Street continues to stay ahead of new developments ,such as the indoor shopping mall at Shepherd's Bush. With over 200 million people visiting every year, more had to be done to ensure not only their safety, but also their enjoyment of the iconic street.
Tom, who often walks around the capital, said this about the campaign's success: ‘The move towards creating a more pedestrian friendly capital is a step in the right direction to creating a greener and safer city for all. More than once a week a pedestrian is involved in a collision on Oxford Street and this, when coupled with dangerously high air pollution, was a state of affairs which simply could not carry on. I hope that the newly elected Mayor sticks to his promise, and also implements more Lib Dem policies in the future!’