One of Sadiq Khan's main campaign promises is in jeopardy: in the Westminster government it was considered inappropriate to withdraw public and private transport from the main commercial street.
According to the mayor's plans, the transformation of Oxford Street, the busiest shopping street in Europe, from transport to pedestrian, was to begin at the end of 2018 with the closure of the 800-meter stretch from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street for traffic. The project caused mixed reactions among local residents and shop owners. In particular, the residents of Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Mayfair expressed fears that previously quiet streets would turn into continuing traffic jam after the redistribution of traffic flows.
All the preparatory work to turn the transport main line into a pedestrian zone was stopped in an instant by a tough decision of Westminster's government. All the proposals of the mayoralty were called "unacceptable" and authority demanded to close the project.