The group, which owns Lloyds Bank and Halifax, has announced plans to close 44 branches in England and Wales. Of the 44 branches expected to close, 29 are Lloyds branches, while the remaining 15 are part of the Halifax network.
Of the 44 to be removed, there are two in Surrey.
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The two branches expected to close in Surrey are located in Chertsey and Haslemere. The Chertsey site is a Halifax branch, while the Haslemere site is owned by Lloyds.
The decision to close the branches infuriated the Unite union, which accused Lloyds of “moving away” from local communities.
Unite National Officer Caren Evans said: “Lloyds’ decision to further erode its presence in our communities is baffling.
“The closure of 44 additional bank branches will deprive our communities of essential services such as access to cash and highly skilled and experienced staff.
“A local ATM is not a suitable alternative to a staffed bank branch.
“Lloyds has spent significant resources lately getting its ‘Helping Britain Recover’ message across. Unite seriously questions how this decision to move away from local communities promotes this message at a time when customers will depend more than ever on support from the financial services industry.
“Unite does not view the branch network as a disposable commodity and the union believes that the branch network has value far beyond its immediate marketability. Unite wants to see Lloyds Banking Group invest in the branch network and commit to a meaningful presence in our communities. “
Vim Maru, Retail Director of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We have also seen our digital banking customers grow by over four million in five years, to almost 18 million, of which 13.6 million also choose to be active users of applications.
“This means that, like many businesses on Main Street, we need to change for a future where branches are used in a different way and visited less often.
“We will continue to invest in our presence in the shopping streets as we are opening a new conceptual branch of Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh this week, the only bank to take up residence in the new St James district.
“. and 11,500 post offices, where our customers can bank and access cash.
Lloyds said of the closings announced Wednesday that more than a third are branches located in or around towns and cities with another branch “very close”.
Complete list of Lloyds bank closures
- Bournemouth Westbourne
- Cardiff Rumney
- Leeds Horsforth
- Stony Stratford
- Church village
- Regent Street in London
- Place de Berkeley
- Brighton Preston Circus
- Hill Gloves
- Kent town
- Cheltenham Bath Path
- Newport Maindee
- Sedgley Dudley
Complete list of Halifax closures
- Manchester Cross Street
- Plaistow West Ham
- Potters bar
- Marché Harborough
- Chesterfield Cent Pav