Two Royal Bank of Scotland branches in the High Peak to close

The Horwich End branch of the RBS.
The Horwich End branch of the RBS.

Two High Peak branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are to close later this year, it has been announced.

The Buxton Cavendish Circus branch will close on September 10 while the Horwich End and Kettleshulme branch will close on August 27.

The RBS said the move was down to falling numbers of transactions in both branches. It added that in the Buxton branch, the number of transactions had reduced by 29 per cent since 2011 with only 43 people using the branch on a regular basis. The Horwich End and Kettleshulme branch has no technology so is not linked to the computer systems, it said.

There are two free to use cash machines within a mile of the Horwich End and Kettleshulme branch and 20 free to use ATMs within a mile of the Buxton branch.

In addition, RBS have reached an agreement with the local Post Offices close to both branches so that customers can pay money in, take money out, check balances and get business coinage.

A company spokesperson said: “We are writing to all of our customers who use the branch, as well as displaying posters in branch to let them know of the closure.

“Between now and the closure date, we will engage with all of our customers, local businesses and the wider local community to make sure they are aware of the alternative ways of accessing their banking with us in the local area, and to answer any questions they might have.”