The most significant change on the high street has been in weekday activity- a significant part of which can be attributed to returning office workers
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There are valid concerns about the economic impact of charging cars for access to city centres. Data on footfall and spend suggest that Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone had no negative long-term effect on the city centre’s economy.
National policymakers must engage in the bus debate sooner rather than later and provide more funding to the industry in the wake of Covid-19
Cities Outlook 2022 looks in-depth at the state of UK high streets to get a sense of the short-term impact of the pandemic on Britain's town and city centres and the long-term consequences and implications this has for the Government’s levelling up agenda.
The most recent data suggests that a post-furlough unemployment surge may have been avoided and several cities in the North and Midlands are leading the recovery. However, this is far from achieving levelling up.
Valentine Quinio compares footfall data in Birmingham city centre with eight surrounding town centres in the West Midlands to monitor recovery
If politicians want to level up the economies of different regions, they won’t do it without addressing the underperformance of their biggest cities.
Here's everything you need to know about the Levelling Up White Paper.
Poor access to public transport effectively shrinks the size of our biggest cities. But trams and tubes alone won’t solve the problem
There were still 1.1 million people on furlough in September, and almost one third of them were in London, Birmingham and Manchester.