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Clydesdale shuts 26 branches as customers go online

Clydesdale BankClydesdale and Yorkshire Bank is closing 26 branches, including nine in Scotland following a review of the network.

It will open an additional 13 in Scotland on Saturdays and extend Saturday opening hours at 35.

The changes are aimed at reflecting more closely the way that customer choose to do their banking which is becoming increasingly mobile, internet based and outside normal office hours.

Investment in branch technology will continue with 100 additional ATMs across the UK, each with deposit functionality.

The bank said that, wherever possible, frontline branch staff will be found roles within other branches or elsewhere in the company.

Steve Fletcher, head of customer banking networks, said: “I understand this will not be welcome news for those who use these particular branches.

“These are difficult decisions but ones we must face as we try to keep up with the pace of change in the way people want to bank. We have to balance our investment to ensure we support demand where it is greatest, across mobile, online and branch services.

“Branches remain vitally important to us, and we continue to invest in them, the services they offer and when we offer them.

“I hope that the investment we’re making in the overall quality of our branch network, the big increase in Saturday opening and the availability of other ways to bank, like local Post Office counters, will minimise the effect of this announcement for customers.”

The branches in Scotland to close are:

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