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NatWest announces 23 bank closures – is your branch set to go?

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NatWest has confirmed it will close more than 20 branches in England and Wales as customers continue to increase mobile banking.

The high street banking giant will close 23 branches between April and June 2023, with the majority in England, and two in Wales.

Here’s the full list of branches set to close, along with the closure date:

  • 416 Bitterne Road, Southampton, England, SO18 1DT – 25/4/23
  • 344 Lytham Road, Blackpool, England, FY4 1DY –25/4/23
  • 145 Clapham High Street, London, England –SW4 7SZ 26/4/23
  • Bank Buildings, Stroud, England, GL5 3DT –26/4/23
  • 176 Fleet Road, Fleet, England, GU51 4DE –27/4/23
  • Main Street, Heslington, England, YO10 5ZB –27/4/23
  • 27 Lee Lane, Horwich, England, BL6 7TG – TBC
  • 4 High Street, North Dunstable, England, LU6 1JU – 3/5/23
  • 197 Sutton Road, Maidstone, England, ME15 9BT – 4/5/23
  • 18 St. Thomas Centre, Exeter, England, EX4 1DE – 9/5/23
  • 329 Stanley Road, Bootle, England, L20 3EH – 10/5/23
  • Gatwick Road, Crawley, England, RH10 9RF – 11/5/23
  • 4 Market Place, Frome, England, BA11 1AE – 11/5/23
  • 5 Broadwater Street, East Broadwater, England, BN14 9AB – 16/5/23
  • 2 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, Wales, LL29 7WY – 17/5/23
  • 10 East Street, Ilminster, England, TA19 0AA – 18/5/23
  • 10 Marylebone High Street, London, England, W1U 4BT – 23/5/23
  • 29 High Street, Sheerness, England, ME12 1NU – 24/5/23
  • 21 East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, England, BN43 5ZP – TBC
  • hoenix Way, Llansamlet, Wales, SA7 9FS – 25/5/23
  • High Street, Cranbrook, England, TN17 3EA –30/5/23
  • 128 Newton Road, Torquay, England, TQ2 7AD – 31/5/23
  • 659 Loughborough Road, Birstall, England, LE4 4NT – 1/6/23.

According to the data listed by the LINK ATM network, a banking hub has been recommended for the Horwich and Shoreham-by-Sea closures.

In total in 2022, NatWest confirmed it would close 79 branches, with half of the closures taking place during the year. However, in October, it announced more than 40 branches were earmarked for closure, with these taking effect from January 2023.

Meanwhile, LINK data revealed more than 600 bank branch closures were announced during 2022, across brands including Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide Building Society, HSBC, Barclays, RBS and Danske Bank.

The NatWest closures come after Barclays, TSB and Lloyds/Halifax recently confirmed branch closures this year.

A NatWest spokesperson, said: “As with many industries, most of our customers are shifting to mobile and online banking, because it’s faster and easier for people to manage their financial lives.

“We understand and recognise that digital solutions aren’t right for everyone or every situation, and that when we close branches we have to make sure that no one is left behind.

“We take our responsibility seriously to support the people who face challenges in moving online, so we are investing to provide them with support and alternatives that work for them.”

Related: An in-depth guide to your rights when your bank branch closes

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