Seven branches of Lloyds Bank are to shut across the South West region - as the bank moves towards online banking.

They're among 56 branches across the UK that are to close between April and October this year.

The high street giant said the closures are part of a store reduction programme due to changing customer behaviour, with a drive towards online banking.

Less than 80 staff jobs are said to be cut with many employees being redeployed to other branches.

As well as Lloyds, the group run Halifax and Bank of Scotland.

In total, 31 Lloyds, 10 Halifax and 15 Bank of Scotland branches will be shut between April and October this year.

This branch of Lloyds in Westbury was a previous casualty of branch closures Credit: ITV West Country

We are committed to having the largest branch network in the UK and, in addition to our branches, all our customers can also use the Post Office to access their banking locally, alongside our mobile branches which visit many rural communities.

Lloyds Banking Group spokesperson
Credit: ITV West Country

The independent trade union Accord said in a statement: "We fully appreciate that the demand for high street branch banking is diminishing as customers increasingly move to app-based banking but we'll be examining Lloyds Banking Group's plans to ensure that they're properly thought through and robustly evidenced.

"So far, all branch closures have been managed without compulsory redundancies and Accord expects the same outcome here.

"We'll be contacting our members who are impacted by the closures to offer support and representation."

Full list of Lloyds branches closing across the West Country:

  • Bristol Downend

  • Hayle

  • Bristol Hanham

  • Calne

  • Dursley

  • Malmesbury

  • Bath Oldfield Park