In a fresh blow to customers who prefer face-to-face banking, Barclays has announced that it will be closing another 15 branches this year including the South Harrow location.
The latest closures, all set to take place in July, will be across Essex, London, Northumberland, North Wales and Northern Ireland.
This announcement means that Barclays will now shut at least 84 banks in 2023, following the trend of other high street banks such as NatWest Group and Lloyds Banking Group.
Among the branches to be closed is the South Harrow branch located at 235 Northolt Road, which will shut its doors on July 14. This news has been met with disappointment by local residents and businesses who rely on the branch for their banking needs.
One member of Harrow Online said: “This is a bitter blow – my mum doesn’t use online banking and relies on going into the bank to do face-to-face transactions. It’s not good and I do fear that older people will struggle to adapt. I know that the shift into online banking is a necessary one, but it does feel at times that the older generation are being left behind. What about them? we have to make sure we take care of everyone.”
The closure of the South Harrow branch will force customers to travel to other branches, such as the Harrow Town Centre site, or rely on online banking and cash machines.
The full list of new closures announced includes –
Market Hill, Sudbury
Northolt Road South Harrow
The Cross, Oswestry
Castle Street, Llangollen
Station Road, Hayes
High Street, Canvey Island
Bow Street, Lisburn
High Street, Portadown
High Street, Chipping Norton
High Street, Yarm
Gravel Hill, Wombourne
Regent Street, Kingswood
Bondgate Within, Alnwick
Seafield Road, Seahouses
Main Street , Bentham
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