Oxford Street prepares to welcome visitors back after lockdown
Westminster City Council has begun its reinvention of London’s Oxford Street as it looks to encourage visitors back to the shopping district after lockdown.
As part of a five-year plan, the council has started work on a series of temporary interventions that aim to boost footfall and support businesses in the area to bounce back post-pandemic.
The changes will create more space for people, add trees and greenery and introduce new seating, cycle parking and pocket parks throughout the Oxford Street district. Due to be completed by late spring 2021, the works will aim to create a welcoming and safe environment for residents, workers and visitors when lockdown restrictions are eased.
Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “The pandemic has been a hammer blow for retailers and Oxford Street has suffered as much or more than any other high street in the country. Today is significant, because the talking is done and work is underway. It is critical that we act urgently to restore confidence in the nation’s favourite shopping district.
“These initial measures, which should be completed in time for summer, will literally pave the way for an economic recovery. They will create a new visitor-friendly environment and reinforce the area as one of the best places in the world to live, work, shop and visit.”
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