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December
2014
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Festive boom for city centre as cameras capture footfall of four-and-a-half million







Leeds is enjoying a pre-Christmas boom which has seen
more than four-and-a-half million visits to retail hotspots across the city
centre in the last three weeks.






Specialist cameras, which capture footfall in key areas
of the city centre, have recorded their highest numbers during the run-up to
the festive period for three years.








In the three weeks from Nov 24 until Dec 14, cameras in
areas including Briggate, Albion Street and The Headrow recorded footfall of
4,557,456- up three per cent on the same period last year, and eight per cent
on 2012.








And across the whole of 2014, the cameras also captured
footfall of 55,022,921, an
increase of five per cent on last year.








The German Christmas market, which ends this week, has
also continued to attract huge crowds, with an estimated 750,000 visitors this
year.








Commenting on the figures, Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds
City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy,
 said:








“This has been an incredible year for Leeds and it’s
fantastic to see that reflected in these figures.








“In the face of tough economic times, Leeds has
consistently bucked the national trend and we’ve seen both our leisure and
retail offering grow and improve so we can now confidently say the city has
more to offer than ever before.








“With Trinity Leeds and the first direct arena already
attracting huge numbers of people to the city, we also had the unforgettable
crowds that flocked to the Grand Départ this year.








“Combined with other exciting events like Light Night and
the German market, this has created a real buzz around the city centre
throughout 2014 and I’m sure we can continue that next year.”








City centre footfall is recorded using automatic footfall
cameras positioned across the city centre.








These record the number of people walking past a certain
zone.








The figures from each camera are then added together to
get total footfall.








ENDS











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Leeds City Council





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Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk