A BIG bank has announced it will close dozens more branches this year.
Natwest is pulling the plug at 34 other locations across the UK.
It brings the total number of Natwest branches closed this year to 126.
Bank branches have closed regularly for several years as more customers turn to online banking.
Natwest is closing 34 banks, with most due to close by the end of the year.
While RBS, which belongs to the same group as Natwest, will also close two machines in November, the latest data from LINK, the UK’s largest network of cash machines, reveals.
Here is the full list of the latest banks to close:
- Natwest, Corby, September 26
- Natwest, Gloucestershire, September 26
- Natwest, London, September 27
- Natwest, Bexhill, September 27
- Natwest, Bognor Regis, September 27
- Natwest, Camberwell, September 28
- Natwest, Gosport, September 28
- Natwest, Cleethorpes, October 3
- Natwest, Southampton, October 4
- Natwest, Sidcup, October 4
- Natwest, Southgate, October 5
- Natwest, Woodley, October 5
- Natwest, Stanmore, October 10
- Natwest, Tiverton, October 10
- Natwest, Parkhouse Industrial Park, October 11
- Natwest, London, October 11
- Natwest, Beckton, October 12
- Natwest, Weybridge, October 12
- Natwest, Wickersley, October 17
- Natwest, Prestwich, October 18
- Northwest, Tavistock, October 18
- Natwest, Alton, October 19
- Natwest, Exmouth, October 19
- Natwest, Norwich, October 31
- Natwest, Wanstead, October 31
- Natwest, Leicester, November 2
- Natwest, Camborne, November 7
- Natwest, Plymouth, November 7
- Natwest, Colchester, November 7
- Natwest, Ipswich, November 8
- Natwest, Shotton, November 9
- Natwest, London, November 9
- RBS, Dingwall, November 1
- RBS, Dundee, November 2
Two more Natwest branches will close next July – one in Stalybridge and the other in West Kirby.
The Sun has reached out to Natwest for comment.
Even before the last closure above, by the end of 2023, Natwest Group will close 1,299 branches, according to Which?.
The group includes Natwest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster.
Natwest and RBS are not the only banks to announce recent bank closures.
Just last week, Barclays said it would close six more branches.
Branches will be closed in Redditch, London and Newquay.
It announced in May that it would close 15 branches.
What to do if your local bank branch is closed
Consumers increasingly use online banking to do the majority of their day-to-day activities, which is why so many bank branches have to close.
But it can leave people without internet access, especially the elderly, without a branch nearby.
If you’re worried about your local branch closing leaving you in a predicament, you have several options.
You can use one of the 11,635 Post Office branches to perform most banking tasks.
However, you cannot open new bank accounts or get personal loans and mortgages there.
Meanwhile, many banks offer mobile banking – basically a bus going to your local area offering all the usual services you can get at the branch mine.
You should contact your bank or building association to see if it runs a bank bus and it should be able to tell when one is near you.
Other banks use buildings such as village halls or libraries to provide mobile banking.
Banking hubs, which offer traditional sharing services, have also been set up in various locations across the UK.
Eight new banking centers have been set up at the following locations:
- Downham Market (Norfolk)
- Shirebrook (Derbyshire)
- Otley (West Yorkshire)
- Sidmouth (Devon)
- Newton Aycliffe (Durham County)
- Porthcawl (Bridgend)
- Withernsea (East Yorkshire)
- Wellington (Somerset)
Four locations have been opened in Brixham, Cambuslang, Cottingham and Rochford.
In other news, we reveal the full list of banks and construction associations closing branches this summer.
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