City Centre Regeneration have introduced six footfall counters across Glasgow city centre, operated by Springboard Research Ltd. These footfall counters are located as follows:

Core City Centre / Style Mile

  • Sauchiehall Street at Marks & Spencer
  • Buchanan Street at Buchanan Galleries
  • Buchanan Street at Kiehl’s
  • Argyle Street at Debenhams


  • Sauchiehall Street at The Garage
  • 194 Bath Street

Monitoring of the data collected by the footfall counters provides an ongoing picture of pedestrian footfall, and helps us to monitor economic activity within the city centre. We also use this data in the bi-annual production of the City Centre Healthcheck which can be found via the link below. This document acts as a progress report on how the city centre is performing against a range of indicators.

Springboard Research Ltd recently released their Footfall Review 2016. This provides an insight into a number of key performance indicators, including headline footfall figures, from across the UK. A comparison of this data suggests that Glasgow has bucked the overall UK footfall trends. Some key year-on-year datasets which were compared can be seen as follows:

Headline Footfall (High Street) annual rates (YoY)
Day/Evening/Night-time Footfall Rates (YoY)
Day (09:00-16:59)Evening (17:00-19:59)Night-time (20:00-08:59)
Christmas Period (Wk3 November - Wk3 December 2016) footfall (YoY)

Our own analysis indicated that footfall recorded in Glasgow city centre during 2016 had shown improvement against that measured during 2015. Springboard’s Footfall Review 2016 also suggests that the improved footfall rates recorded within Glasgow outpaced the overall UK trends. This is positive and welcome news. Our analysis of footfall rates within Glasgow will continue.

Further information regarding Springboard Research Ltd and the services they provide can be found via their website:

Copies of Springboard’s Footfall Review 2016 can be accessed via this link:

The City Centre Healthcheck document is produced twice a year (usually in April and October) by DRS City Centre Regeneration using a range of performance indicators. A number of these datasets are provided by internal partners as well as external organisations. Their help and assistance is both invaluable and very much appreciated.

Copies of the City Centre Healthcheck document are available from the GCC website via this link:

Enquiries regarding city centre footfall and the City Centre Healthcheck can be made to the following email address:

Partner Contributions
Data used in the City Centre Healthcheck is collected and collated by a number of organisations and is either provided directly, or is available through contract, or the public domain. These organisations include: Springboard Research Ltd, Community Safety Glasgow, Strathclyde Partnership Transport, Network Rail, Cushman & Wakefield, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Police Scotland, Great Glasgow Hoteliers Association, and Civil Aviation Authority, as well as different teams and sections within GCC LES and GCC DRS.