More bank branches to shut

Rochdale Observer - - BUSINESS -

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.”

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●●The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Shaw is one of 54 set to close

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