Footfall data suggests that while smaller cities did see busy high streets, activity was sluggish in larger cities.
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Cities are taking the lead when it comes to reopening the high street, but they need national support to address outstanding challenges.
Although restrictions on opening are being lifted, high street businesses remain at risk while office workers remain at home.
Our new high streets recovery tracker shows that successful city centres have seen the largest falls in footfall. Valentine Quinio on why this is likely to be driven by significant reductions in the share of people coming from outside the city.
Join us to learn about our high streets recovery tracker
How should the Government roll back its support in a way that allows growth to occur across the country?
Join us to discuss the prospects for our city centres post-lockdown
The lockdown will likely accelerate the decline of the high street in some places. A focused, long-term effort is required to help them recover and thrive again.
A workshop looking at the prospects for Swindon's urban centre
General Election 2019What should the new government do to help our high streets and city centres?
Not all high streets are struggling — those that are thriving are doing so because they function well as places of work. For this reason, policies to address the decline of high streets must also address the underlying economic causes if they are to be success.