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Footfall ‘surges by more than a third’ in towns and cities across England

Footfall in towns and cities across England has surged by more than a third compared to the previous week, a result of what has been dubbed as ‘Super Saturday’ and the opening of pubs, restaurants, and bars, according to the latest data from Springboard.

Retailers have recorded an increase in footfall on Saturday evening, while data suggests that the number of people visiting high streets after 5pm rose by more than a third. Despite this, and the easing of lockdown, the Retail Gazette reports that footfall levels still remained lower than figures from last year at similar locations.

Across England, the number of people visiting shopping and leisure destinations was about half the level of last year, and in central London, footfall was 75 per cent lower than in 2019.

It reports that on the first day since lifting lockdown restrictions for businesses such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, cinemas and hair salons, footfall increased 9.7 per cent week-on-week by mid-afternoon. But after 5pm, footfall jumped 35.8 per cent on last week’s figures, Springboard found.

Visitor numbers were up 26 per cent in Central London and the West End, and were up 29.4 per cent in regional city centres.

“It’s also an encouraging sign for the hospitality industry, which is trading under strict guidelines and having to limit the number of customers it can accommodate,” Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said.

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