City's evening economy gets footfall boost

28 Oct 2013

Glasgow's buzzing night life helped bring more people to the city centre in the evening, particularly in the warm summer weather.

New figures show the number of people out and about in the city centre between the hours of 6pm and 4am jumped nearly 16% in April to August this year compared with the same period of soaking wet 2012.

This September there were more than 800,000 clicks on the electronic counters set up by the council to count footfall at key city locations.

That compared with under 700,000 in the same month a year before.

Council bosses seized upon the new numbers as evidence that Glasgow was more "resilient" to the high street gloom reflected in Scotland-wide statistics for retail sales and footfall.

In fact, vibrant after-dark figures helped Glasgow's overall footfall in the Style Mile to edge up, bucking national trends.

Liz Cameron, the former Lord Provost and current member of the council's ruling executive committee for jobs and the economy, said the new numbers were "very heartening".

She added: "I especially welcome the dramatic increase in the night-time figures. The city council and our partners have invested in a number of initiatives to support and develop the evening economy and the experience of our fantastic night life."

Source: Evening Times - Footfall boost