Date published: May 10, 2022
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Barclays Bank, Middleton
Barclays’ Middleton facility will close on August 5 due to a decline in the number of branches.
Barclays says there has been a 13% reduction in the number of counter transactions at the Middleton branch in the two years to March 2020.
It adds that 87% of customers also use “other ways of banking” and notes that 202 regular customers use this branch “only for banking” without using other options such as the Barclays app, telephone banking, online or video banking.
A spokesperson for Barclays said: “The decision to close a facility is never an easy one. However, customers are increasingly turning to branch alternatives to conduct their banking business. As a result, we are seeing a continued decline in the number of UK locations.
“This is reflected in the Middleton branch, where the number of counter transactions has been reduced by 13 percent in the two years to March 2020. In addition, 87 percent of our branch customers also use different banking methods.
“We will work with our clients and provide alternative options to ensure they can continue to manage their money and gain financial expertise where needed.”
The closest Barclays outlets to Middleton residents after the closure are the Heywood and Oldham outlets. The nearest free-to-use ATM is 50 meters away on Long Street.
Daily transactions can be made at any post office with the nearest being in Middleton Shopping Centre. Barclays will also offer virtual ‘tea and teach’ sessions for customers looking to explore digital banking and other alternatives to branch banking.