Royal Bank of Scotland to close two High Peak branches

Both the Buxton branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Chapel branch will close in January 2019 - picture Google maps
Both the Buxton branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Chapel branch will close in January 2019 - picture Google maps

Two High Peak branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland have been earmarked for closure.

The bank says it will be shutting the Chapel-en-le-Frith branch on January 24, 2019 and the Buxton High Street branch on January 30.

The Disley branch of the bank, in East Cheshire, will be closed on January 23.

On hearing the news High Peak MP Ruth George said: “Ruth George MP said: “I am very disappointed that the Royal Bank of Scotland has today announced it is shutting both branches at Chapel and at Buxton.

“I have written to ask them to reconsider the decision to close Chapel where there is no local alternative bank in the town, and for the NatWest at Buxton to also open on Wednesdays so their customers have an alternative bank every weekday.

“Banks are closing all over the country, but we have so few left across most of High Peak that it is very important to try and retain the few services we have.”

Royal Bank of Scotland made the announcement today, Wednesday, September 5, to halve the number of outlets it has national and will result in almost 800 job losses.

An RBS spokesman said: “As we are no longer launching Williams & Glyn as a challenger bank we now have two branch networks operating in close proximity to each other in England and Wales - NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland.

“As a result we have reviewed our overall branch footprint in England and Wales and have made the difficult decision to close 54 Royal Bank of Scotland branches.”

“Customers of Royal Bank of Scotland in England and Wales will be able to use NatWest branches and local post offices for their everyday banking needs.

“We will now focus on investing in our Royal Bank network in England and Wales to make sure customers have a consistent range of products and services wherever they bank, be it Scotland, England or Wales.”