Footfall on the UK’s high streets has remained at half last year’s levels since the lifting of lockdown.

Figures from Springboard show that footfall jumped by 44.5% in the first week since reopening, but since then slowed to a rise of 2.4% in the second week. It claimed shoppers were being put off by long queues.

Central London saw footfall rose by 40.9% in the week that retail reopened but it has remained 80.8% lower than last year in the absence of office workers and tourists.