Working with Springboard, Shrewsbury BID operate two footfall cameras in Shrewsbury town centre to count pedestrian numbers.

The first camera is positioned on Pride Hill, counting peoples across the whole width of the street from the edge of the Pride Hill Shopping Centre doorway to the edge of Holland and Barrett.

The second camera counts pedestrians on the South-East side footpath of High Street at the West Brom – it does not count pedestrians on the other side of the road.


The cameras use two lines to count pedestrians coming ‘in’ and ‘out’ and combine these two figures to reach a footfall total. The system for counting is able to recognise humans by their shoulder width, therefore vehicles are not counted.

The camera on Pride Hill captures a much larger volume of pedestrians due to the larger area that it covers and because it spans the entire width of the road. The High Street camera only captures those walking on one side of the road, which is much narrower.

Our footfall reports use the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Calendar, which consists of complete weeks (Monday – Sunday) to ensure that the same day is comparable each week. Each month is compiled from a set of full weeks which results in a calendar of a 4 week month, 4 week month, 5 week month pattern. The data is mostly presented to show a weekly average for the month to account for a misbalance in month size.

We receive weekly and monthly benchmark data from Springboard who have cameras in hundreds of town centre locations across the UK.

Shrewsbury BID members receive a full monthly footfall reports, if you are not a member but would like access to this data, please see our Voluntary Membership.

From May 2021 as we continue our recovery from COVID-19 we will be sharing weekly footfall statistics for Shrewsbury and UK town centres on our @ShrewsburyBID twitter feed.

Later this year we are planning to install a number of further smart footfall cameras to measure footfall and dwell time across different areas of Shrewsbury town centre.

If you have any further questions about our footfall counting, please contact