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Working patterns cause footfall to double in town centres

Place Informatics, a provider of footfall and location visitor behaviour data, has seen a new trend across the UK as changing working patterns are causing a surge in footfall activity specifically on Tuesdays.

With more than twice as many workers in cities and town centres, footfall has increased by an average of 113 per cent in March 2023, compared to the same time last year.

This data taken from town centres across the UK highlights how a shift in hybrid working patterns in the last 12 months is impacting town centre footfall with millions opting to work in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays rather than spending the majority of the week working from home. With so many still home-based on Monday, the new normal is to venture back to the office on Tuesday, where it is clear workers are using their commute and lunch hour to shop and socialise.

Clive Hall, CEO of Place Informatics said, “it is interesting to see how hybrid worker behaviour has changed since the pandemic and clearly our new working habits are having a huge impact on footfall numbers. Tuesdays have seen a huge increase in popularity which we believe is due to millions choosing to work from home on Mondays and then venturing back to the office or scheduling meetings on Tuesdays. It is however surprising to see how busy Tuesdays have become, surpassing Sundays and even Saturdays in some towns.

Our data can help retailers, hospitality, councils, and many other businesses and services understand how visitors are behaving, where visitors come from, and most importantly what services they are utilising on their visit, including green spaces, car parks, and public realms.”

The cities and town centres across the UK with the highest increase in traffic were Poole, Bristol, Paisley, York, Kingston Upon Hull, Chester, Wellingborough, and Halesowen along with Soho and Mayfair in London.

Many of the towns that had their data monitored showed such an increase in visitors on Tuesdays that it was a busier day than Sunday and for some, it was even higher than Saturday as well making it the busiest day of the week.

Place Informatics uses mobility location data to calculate visitor behaviour patterns for over 2,300 town centres across the UK and all 260 Business Improvement District town centres. Footfall itself is a useful tool to see how town centres, high streets, and particular businesses are performing, but understanding how these visitors are behaving and also which catchment areas they are visiting from, offers the vital information needed to support and even help change the fortunes of many town centres across the UK.

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