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Dozens of bank branches to close across the Anglia region

Dozens of bank branches are to close across the Anglia region. Credit: PA Images

Three of the major banks have announced plans to close dozens of bank branches in towns and villages across the Anglia region.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to close a quarter of its branch RBS and Nat West network and axe nearly 700 jobs.

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Unions claim the closures could signal the end of face to face banking.

The decision by the state-backed lender will see a total of 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest outlets closed by mid 2018. It leaves RBS with just 744 branches in the UK.

22 branches of Nat West bank are set to close across the Anglia region. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

NAT WEST CLOSURES IN THE ANGLIA REGION

  • Beccles, Suffolk
  • Benfleet, Essex
  • Canvey Island, Essex
  • Diss, Norfolk
  • Gorleston, Norfolk
  • Great Baddow, Essex
  • Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • Holt, Norfolk
  • Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • North Walsham, Norfolk
  • Oundle, Northamptonshire
  • Royston, Hertfordshire
  • St Ives, Cambridgeshire
  • Saffron Walden, Essex
  • Shenfield & Hutton, Essex
  • South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
  • Stamford, Lincolnshire
  • Thetford, Norfolk
  • Thorpe Bay, Essex
  • Ware, Hertfordshire
  • Witham, Essex

"More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on mobile.

"Since 2014 the number of customers using our branches across the UK has fallen by 40% and mobile transactions have increased by 73% over the same period.

"Over 5 million customers now use our mobile banking app and one in five only bank with us digitally."

– RBS Spokesman
Lloyds Banking Group is to close 49 branches Credit: PA Images

Lloyds Banking Group is to close 37 branches and axe almost 100 jobs in a move that unions have branded as "unnecessary".

Branches under the Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds brands will be affected.

There will be 32 Lloyds banks branches closing next year but the bank says 95% of their customers live within 5 miles of a branch.

Seven Lloyds branches are closing in the Anglia region.

LLOYDS CLOSURES IN THE ANGLIA REGION

  • Acle, Norfolk
  • Bungay, Suffolk
  • Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire
  • Halesworth, Suffolk
  • Chelmsford (Moulsham Street)
  • Norwich (Surrey Street)
  • Southwold, Suffolk

“Customers are increasingly choosing to use digital and mobile channels for their everyday banking needs.

"As a consequence, the number of customers visiting some of our branches has declined in recent years.

"In response to this, we have confirmed the locations of some branches which will close next year across Lloyds Bank. Branches remain a key part of the service we offer to customers, and we continue to make significant investment in revitalising our network, shaping it to their needs.”

– Lloyds Banking Group spokesperson