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Barclays has confirmed a further 14 branches are set to close in September, just weeks after announcing more than a dozen were earmarked to shut in August.

The high street giant has confirmed 12 branches in England and two in Wales will close between 2 September to 9 September.

The branches include:

  • 1099 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, England, 02/09/2022
  • 201 Stratford Road, Shirley, England, 07/09/2022
  • Front Street, Whickham, England, 02/09/2022
  • 69-71 Queensway, Bletchley, England, 02/09/2022
  • Newburgh House, Swansea Enterprise Park, Morriston, Wales, 09/09/2022
  • 40 Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay, Wales, 07/09/2022
  • 12 Old Market, Wisbech, England, 06/09/2022
  • 1 Railway Road, Leigh, England, 09/09/2022
  • 3 Fore Street, Trowbridge, England, 02/09/2022
  • 10 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, England, 09/02/2022
  • 126 The Street, Rustington, England, 02/09/2022
  • 2 Chilwell Road, Beeston, England, 09/09/2022
  • 24 Market Place, Guisborough, England, 02/09/2022
  • 130 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, England, 07/09/2022.

It comes just three weeks after Barclays confirmed it was shutting 14 branches (13 in England and one in Wales) between 18 and 26 August.

At the end of 2021, Barclays had 666 branches but 63 were closed during the first three months of 2022.

Since the start of 2022, Barclays has announced 54 bank branch closures. In total, across the high street brands, 284 bank branch closures have been announced by the likes of Bank of Scotland, Halifax, HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide, RBS, and Ulster Bank while just one branch closure has been confirmed by Santander

Barclays will continue to operate through ‘smart ATMs’, and offers cashback without purchase, banking services can be undertaken at the Post Office and pop-up presences. It has over 50 sites in community centres, libraries and business hubs.

But as customers are increasingly turning to digital banking, it is “carefully reducing” the number of under-used branches. It said digital customers have grown from 0-10 million in nine years, and over 70% of activity can now be done digitally. Meanwhile, less than 10% of transactions are now carried out in branch, “trends the we only expect to continue”.

A Barclays spokesperson, said: “We continue to review and adjust our branch footprint to ensure it reflects the way that our customers are increasingly choosing to do their banking. We will always give twelve weeks’ notice of any branch closures, explaining the rationale for the decision, as well as highlighting alternative branches and ways to bank. This includes working with the local community to find different, more flexible ways for our colleagues to continue to provide local banking support, such as through pop-up presences.”

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