Tameside bank earmarked for closure
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