A chance to transform the Tottenham Court Road district in time for CrossrailJune 13, 2014
This week Camden launched its public consultation on ambitious plans to transform Tottenham Court Road, Gower Street, St Giles and the east end of Oxford Street with new, upgraded public realm in readiness for Crossrail’s opening.
Long championed by London First, this £30 million proposal aims to unlock the area’s potential and create new public spaces with, amongst other things, an 80% cut traffic in Tottenham Court Road.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said: “The Tottenham Court Road district is a critical gateway to the West End. Camden’s plans to reshape it should reverse years of neglect and provide a powerful example of public policy seeking to support economic vibrancy and growth.
“World class public realm, a dramatic cut in car traffic and improved air quality will cater not just to the millions of visitors and commuters who disgorge themselves from the public transport system every year, but to the aspirations of a world city.”
Peter Vernon, Chairman of London First’s WESt Taskforce and Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “The Tottenham Court Road area has long been in need of improvement and we welcome Camden’s exciting proposals to transform the district.
“If realised, this dramatic upgrade of the public realm will unlock opportunities for businesses and residents, creating prosperity and another West End success story.”
The London First WESt (West End Streets) Taskforce promotes the delivery of major public realm improvements in one of the UK’s most important commercial, retail and tourist locations. It 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.
Chaired by Peter Vernon, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, its members include representatives from, amongst others, British Land, Capco, Gensler, Great Portland Estates, John Lewis, Land Securities, Primark, Soho Estates, The Crown Estate and UCL, as well as the leading Business Improvements Districts of the area.