NatWest and Lloyds to axe a further 81 bank branches

NatWest and Lloyds to axe a further 81 bank branches

NatWest and Lloyds are to axe an extra 81 financial institution branches as each introduced recent cuts to their excessive road networks.

Lloyds Banking Group is closing 39 branches – 26 Lloyds Financial institution shops, 9 Halifax branches and 4 Financial institution of Scotland shops – between July and September this yr. NatWest Group stated it was shutting 42 branches.

The strikes come days after it emerged that Barclays was closing 14 extra shops.

Each Lloyds and NatWest argued that buyer demand for conventional counter companies was falling as extra folks used on-line and cell banking.

The buyer group Which? stated on Thursday that UK banks and constructing societies had closed, or introduced the closure of, 5,498 branches since January 2015, at a fee of about 54 every month. It stated NatWest Group, which includes NatWest, Royal Financial institution of Scotland and Ulster Financial institution, would have closed 1,257 branches by the tip of 2023, “probably the most of any banking group”.

In January this yr, Lloyds introduced the closure of 18 Halifax branches and 22 Lloyds websites. Final October, NatWest stated it might be axing 43 branches through the first half of this yr. And on the finish of November, HSBC stated it might be shutting an extra 114 shops between April and August this yr.

Lloyds stated that as using digital banking had grown, the variety of department visits had fallen. Visits to he 39 branches being axed had fallen by a mean of 59% – and a few as much as 69% – within the final 5 years.

A Lloyds Banking Group spokesperson stated: “Our clients are more and more utilizing digital channels to handle their cash – we now have over 20 million common digital customers, so it’s necessary we proceed to develop the web companies our clients wish to use.”

They added: “Our branches will proceed to be an possibility for our clients, alongside our phone companies, cell app and on-line financial institution.”

The entire department areas introduced for closure have a publish workplace and at the very least one free-to-use ATM close by, stated Lloyds.

A NatWest spokesperson stated: “We take our accountability severely to help the individuals who face challenges in shifting on-line, so we’re investing to offer them with help and options that work for them.”

Full checklist of Lloyds Banking Group closures:

Lloyds Financial institution branches:

Bretton, Peterborough

Benton, Tyne and Put on

Fulwell, London

Woodlands, Doncaster

Chapeltown, Sheffield

Highbury Nook, London

Carlton, Nottinghamshire

Cambridge, Chesterton Street

Shepton Mallet

Hazel Grove, Stockport, Higher Manchester

Holborn Circus, London

Threadneedle Avenue, London

Tumble, Carmarthenshire

Eckington, Sheffield

New Mills, Derbyshire

Corringham, Essex

Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Bridge Avenue, Downham Market

Shirebrook, Derbyshire

Sidmouth, Devon

Porthcawl, south Wales

Withernsea, East Driving of Yorkshire

Wellington, Somerset

Newcastle upon Tyne, Newburn

East Horsley, Surrey

Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales

Halifax branches:

Catford, London

Emersons Inexperienced Retail Park, Bristol

Denton, Higher Manchester

Mirfield, West Yorkshire

Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Otley, West Yorkshire

Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Porthcawl, south Wales

Newmarket, Suffolk

Financial institution of Scotland branches:

Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

Edinburgh Royal Mile

Glasgow Pollokshields

Cults, Aberdeen

Full checklist of NatWest Group closures:

Aldridge, West Midlands

Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan

Barbican, London

Blandford, Dorset

Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Bournemouth CastlePoint Procuring Centre

Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Brighton Fortress Sq.

Bristol Queen’s Street

Christchurch, Dorset

Croydon Whitgift Centre

Deal, Kent

Dean Avenue, London

Dorking, Surrey

Fakenham, Norfolk

Fleet Avenue, London

Fulwood, Lancashire

Harold Hill, London

Heald Inexperienced, Stockport, Higher Manchester

Hertford

Holderness Street, Hull

Isleworth, London

Knowle, Bristol

Knutsford, Cheshire

March, Cambridgeshire

New England, Peterborough

New Malden, London

Roath, Cardiff

Rothwell, West Yorkshire

Runcorn, Cheshire

Ryde, Isle of Wight

South Croydon

Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Stratford Broadway, London

New Avenue, Birmingham

Tamworth, Staffordshire

Tilehurst, Studying, Berkshire

Westbury on Trym, Bristol

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Put on

Wymondham, Norfolk

Johnstone, Scotland

Tranent, Scotland

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