Enhancing public realm in the West EndJanuary 30, 2015
As well as grappling with the big strategic issues, London First isn’t afraid to roll up its sleeves and get behind smaller scale local interventions that have the potential to make London a better place to live, work and play.
A good example of this has been our support for Camden Council’s West End Project to transform the area around Tottenham Court Road in time for Crossrail’s opening in 2018. We were therefore delighted by last week’s decision by Camden Council’s Cabinet to approve funding for the project which will now enable it to go ahead.
The West End Project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area, making it safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new public spaces. The opening of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in 2018 will bring a big increase in people coming to the area and these proposals will help ensure that the area is safe and welcoming.
The one-way system will be replaced with two-way tree-lined streets, some protected cycle lanes and new public space. The scheme will reduce congestion and pollution, widen pavements and make bus journeys quicker.
London First’s engagement with this scheme was mediated through our West End Streets (WESt) Steering Group, chaired by Peter Vernon of Grosvenor, whose purpose is to promote the delivery of major public realm improvements in one of the UK’s most important commercial, retail and tourist locations. The group brings together business leaders with a common interest in securing the West End as a long term driver of economic activity critical to London’s success as a world city.
The group will continue to monitor implementation of these plans, while turning our attention to other strategically important public realm projects such as the revitalisation of Oxford Street.
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