RBS branches to close across southern Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland Credit: PA

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced that they are to close ten branches in southern Scotland.

Banks in Hawick, Selkirk, Jedburgh, Duns, Eyemouth, Melrose, LangholmGretna, Lockerbie and Annan are due to shut in the next six months.

It is thought between 25 and 30 staff in the Scottish Borders, who have already been informed, will lose their jobs.

The move means that in the last few years, RBS will have closed nine of its branches in the Scottish Borders, with only Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles remaining open.

Hawick residents will now face a 40 mile round trip to visit their bank and those living in Duns will have to travel 30 miles to Berwick and back.

RBS has said the closures are being implemented because of a fall in transactions at local branches.

While we all accept that with internet and telephone banking, branch use has declined, I don’t believe the banks understand fully that many elderly and vulnerable people want to do their banking face to face. And many local businesses who handle cash need their local branch.

John Lamont MP