Bank of Scotland announces fresh closures including main Dundee city centre location
Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed that it is to close its main Bank of Scotland location in Dundee, with the Nethergate site to go along with six other branches across Scotland.
The other branches for the chop are Kirriemuir, Paisley, Stonehouse in Lanarkshire, Keith, Lossiemouth and Burnside in Glasgow.
According to local reports, the Dundee location is slated to close its doors as soon as February and it is understood there will be no compulsory redundancies following the announcement and staff could be redeployed to other duties.
The news comes less than a year after 250 jobs were axed from the Bank of Scotland (BoS) call centre office above the Dundee branch.
BoS has blamed the “changing ways” customers use its services on the decision to shut the flagship bank.
A Bank of Scotland spokesman said: “We have made the difficult decision to close the Bank of Scotland Dundee City and Kirriemuir branches.
“This is due to the changing ways customers choose to bank with us, which has resulted in the branches being used less often.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Customers can continue to access their banking locally by visiting the nearby Post Offices, which are both a short walk away from the branches.”
In regard to the more rural branches now to close, the spokesman added: “We are introducing a new mobile branch service, which will be in place prior to the branches closing.
“Customers can continue to access their banking locally by visiting the mobile branch or the nearby Post Office.”
However, a group of seven SNP MSPs have demanded an urgent meeting with the bank’s bosses chiefs after the shock announcement.
The MSPs have now written to Bank of Scotland’s Managing Director, Robin Bulloch, calling for an urgent re-think of the plans.
SNP MSP Sandra White said: “It’s frankly outrageous that banking officials believe they can up sticks and leave behind the communities they are supposed to serve so callously.
“A face-to-face banking service is indispensable for many of our constituents. The threat of closure to seven branches across the country will come as a shock to many but we are determined to fight to keep every one of them open.
“It is time for the bank to go back to the drawing board and think again about their intention to close more high street branches.”