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Santander branch closures: see the full list

Spanish-owned bank to close 140 UK branches in 2019

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High street bank Santander is to shutter 140 branches before the end of the year, almost one in five of its current total.

The list of closures includes branches in the centre of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Coventry, as well as more rural areas in Scotland and Wales.

Santander says that its in-branch transactions have fallen 23% over the last three years, while online transactions have soared 99%.

The firm’s head of retail and business banking, Susan Allen, said that the shift meant “we have had to take some very difficult decisions over our less visited branches”.

The branches set for closure employ more than 1,200 staff whose future is now unclear. The Spanish-owned bank says it hopes to find alternative positions for around one-third of the affected employees.

“It is thought that employees in more remote branches in Wales, where relocation may not be a viable option, will be most exposed to redundancy,” says The Guardian.

On 25 April, “branches at Bathgate, Bideford, Clitheroe, Corby, Eastcote, Helensburgh, Oakham and two in London will shut their doors”, the BBC reports. More will close in successive waves throughout the year, with the final closures coming on 12 December.

Despite the mass closures, Allen insisted that brick-and-mortar branches still have “a vital role to play in the business”.

“We are confident that following these changes we will have the right branch network to serve our customers' changing needs, and we expect the size of our network to remain stable for the foreseeable future,” she said.

Office for National Statistics figures show that almost 6,000 local bank branches have closed down since 2010 - almost one in three.

Here is the full list of the Santander banks set to close their doors this year:

Aberdeen George Street

Acton

Aldershot

Alloa

Amersham

Ammanford

Antrim

Axminster

Aylsham

Ballymoney

Bathgate George Street

Belfast Newtownards Road

Berkhamsted

Bideford

Birmingham New Street

Birmingham Acocks Green

Birstall

Boscombe

Brechin

Brixham

Broadstone

Burnley Briercliffe Road

Buxton

Chandlers Ford

Cheam

Clapham High Street

Cleethorpes

Clitheroe

Coalville

Cockermouth

Cockfosters

Colchester Culver Street West

Corby

Coventry High Street

Crosby

Crouch End

Devizes

Didcot

Dorchester

Dorking

Driffield

East Sheen

Eastcote

Edinburgh Leith Walk

Edinburgh, 194-196 Morningside

Egham

Epping

Esher

Feltham

Fleetwood

Forfar

Four Oaks

Gainsborough

Gerrards Cross

Glasgow Forge Shopping Centre

Glasgow Springburn Shopping Centre

Godalming

Goole

Gracechurch Street

Guildford High Street

Hadleigh

Haslemere

Havant

Heathfield

Helensburgh

Henley-On-Thames

Holt

Hythe

Keynsham

Kingswinford

Kirkcaldy

Knutsford

Lanark

Leather Lane

Leeds Street Lane

Leicester Evington Road

Leicester Uppingham Road

Liverpool Church Street

Llangefni

Ludgate Circus

Lymington

Manchester Cross Street

Marylebone High Street

Middleton

Monmouth

Morden

Newmarket

North Shields

Northwood

Norwich St Stephens Street

Nottingham, 2 Clumber Street

Oakham

Otley

Oxted

Parkstone

Pembroke

Penarth

Plymouth New George Street

Portobello Road

Portslade

Purley

Queensway

Ramsbottom

Rayners Lane

Reigate

Renfrew

Ripon

Romsey

Ryde

Selby Market Cross

Selsdon

Shoreham

Shrewsbury High Street

Sidmouth

Skipton High Street

South Woodham Ferrers

Southend High Street

St Andrews

Stanmore Church Street

Stowmarket

Swiss Cottage

Tavistock

Tonypandy

Totnes

Troon

Ulverston

Upminster

Wandsworth

Ware

Watford, Harlequin Centre

Wealdstone

West Ealing

West Kirby

Wetherby

Windermere

Wisbech

Woodley

Worcester Park

Workington

Yeadon

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