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Rachel Bishop
By Rachel Bishop

Senior Staff Writer

2 July 2020

| | 1 min read

Lifestyle

Howbusyistoon.com – helping you stay safe in the city centre

Social distancing is still important for all of us and we want to help you stay safe when you come into the city centre.

Northumberland Street
Helping to social distance on Northumberland Street

To help with this there is now a new website so you can check ‘how busy is toon’.

It uses real time information about the number of people on Northumberland street and a traffic light system so you can check how easy it is to social distance at a certain time.

All you need to do is click on www.howbusyistoon.com and check the number of pedestrians shown on the left-hand side:

GREEN: Our data shows that footfall in the city centre is low and there is sufficient space to safely social distance. 

AMBER: Our data shows that footfall in the city centre is average and may be getting close to capacity within the social distance measures.

RED: Our data shows that footfall in the city centre is high and you are advised to delay or postpone plans to visit.

The site also has real-time information about car parking spaces in the city centre to help you plan your journey.

www.howbusyistoon.com is a partnership between Newcastle City Council, NE1 and the National Innovation Centre for Data, and uses data from the Urban Observatory.