More bank branches to shut
ROYAL Bank of Scotland is to close 54 more branches across England and Wales, with the loss of almost 260 jobs – including 15 branches in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
The lender said the move was linked to it not having to sell its Williams & Glyn business, but unions branded the move as ‘utterly disgusting’.
Only four months ago the bank announced plans to close 162 branches with the loss of almost 800 jobs, including 31 of the branches in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
The new closures include branches in Shaw, Leigh, Bolton, Droylsden, Radcliffe, Harwood, Altrincham, Romiley, Atherton, Marple, Hazel Grove, Standish, Partington, Disley, Ramsbottom and Prestbury.
An RBS spokesman said: “We have reviewed our overall branch footprint in England and Wales and have made the difficult decision to close 54 Royal Bank of Scotland branches.”
Unite’s Rob MacGregor said: “It is utterly disgusting RBS has the audacity to announce that yet more important local bank branches will permanently close their doors.”
●●The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Shaw is one of 54 set to close