Tameside bank ear­marked for clo­sure

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LLOYDS Bank­ing Group has an­nounced plans to axe dozens more branches – in­clud­ing one in Tameside.

A bank in Old­ham is also among those ear­marked for clo­sure by the firm, which owns Halifax, Lloyds and Bank of Scot­land. It’s un­der­stood 1,230 roles will be put at risk – but bosses say 925 new po­si­tions will be cre­ated as it con­tin­ues to ex­pand its ‘mo­bile branch’ net­work.

A to­tal of 49 Lloyds Bank and Halifax branches will close be­tween July and Oc­to­ber this year.

Lloyds branches in Staly­bridge and Roy­ton are on the hit list.

Staly­bridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds called the clo­sure in his con­stituency ‘short sighted’.

A state­ment from Lloyds read: “Lloyds Bank­ing Group is an­nounc­ing 305 role re­duc­tions, mainly across our branch net­work, in ad­di­tion to some other cen­tral func­tions.

“The changes in roles are in line with our plan to adapt to and meet the chang­ing needs of our cus­tomers and as a re­sult we also to­day an­nounc­ing the cre­ation of 925 new roles.”

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Staly­bridge and Hyde, said he was dis­ap­pointed by the news.

In a post on Face­book he wrote: “I was ex­tremely frus­trated to re­ceive a call from Lloyds Bank in­form­ing me of their plan to close their Staly­bridge branch.

“I un­der­stand the use of in­ter­net bank­ing is in­creas­ing but the big banks are shut­ting too many branches and not think­ing enough about the full range of their cus­tomers.”

Lloyds Bank­ing Group also an­nounced plans to open seven new Lloyds Bank walk-ins.

The mo­bile branches are smaller ‘mi­cro’ walkins, that are staffed by just two peo­ple.

●● Lloyds Bank­ing Group has an­nounced a raft of clo­sures

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