Map shows staggering number of Devon bank closures

The Torquay TSB set to close (file photo)
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Devon has lost 30 banks in just over two years - and our map shows all the branches that have already closed or are due to shut this year. Last week the number of branch closures in the UK since 2015 passed 6,000 according to Which?

The consumer group said this “avalanche” of closures has had a major impact on the high street highlighting a need to provide replacement services for millions of people who relied on them. Meanwhile, the rapid pace of closures shows no sign of letting up.

Since February 2022 - when a voluntary agreement saw the major banking groups commit to assessing the impact of every closure - nearly 1,500 banks have either shut or announced their intention to close. That’s the equivalent of nearly two per day.

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This month TSB announced it was shutting 36 branches - including the branch in St Marychurch Road, Torquay, which will close in September - while in April RBS said it was closing 18 banks and Halifax said it was shutting a single branch. It means the major banks will shut at least 391 branches in 2024.

Devon has already lost three Lloyds banks this year, the branch at Wolseley Road, Plymouth, which shut in January, the Lloyds at High Street, Sidmouth, which closed in March, and the branch in Wellington Street, Teignmouth, which closed last month. Including the TSB in Torquay, another four branches will shut later this year.

The Lloyds in High Street, Crediton, is set to close in July. Then the Lloyds in St Thomas Centre, Exeter, and the Halifax in The Parade, Exmouth, will both close in August, before the TSB in Torquay closes in September.

By the end of this year Devon will have lost 30 banks since February 2022.

You can see which banks are closing or have closed in your area using our interactive map.

Announcing the closures on its website, TSB said it carried out a “full local analysis to understand the impact the change may have on the community” before making a decision to shut any branch or change the opening hours.

TSB said it remains committed to face-to-face services, but added: “To make sure our branch services reflect the current and future needs of our customers, we want to keep open the branches that are used the most. But sometimes this means that we have to close some branches or reduce our opening hours.”

RBS said: “The way people bank with us has changed dramatically in recent years, with an increased demand for mobile and online services as customers benefit from a faster and easier way to bank. Closing a branch is a decision we take very seriously.”

Consumer group Which? has been tracking bank closures since 2015. In that time it estimates that 60% of the banking network has been lost.
Sam Richardson, deputy editor of Which? Money, said: “While some may hardly notice the closure of their local branch as they seamlessly switch to online banking, for others reliant on face-to-face services, the impact can be disastrous.”

The LINK initiative launched in 2022 - which was agreed by all the major banks including Barclays, HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds, and Halifax - was set up to ensure vulnerable customers and small businesses were not left behind in the switch to cashless payments and virtual banking. Every branch closure is now assessed and when it leaves a community without any local bank, then banking hubs or free ATMs are set up to fill the gap.