Doncaster bank set to close its doors

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A Doncaster bank is set to close its doors for the last time in the New Year.

Banking giant NatWest has announced it will close its Bentley branch in March 2015.

Sarah Binnie of NatWest said: “We have taken the difficult decision to close our NatWest Bentley branch on 10 March 2015.

“The number of transactions taking place at this branch has dropped by 18% over the last few years and the branch is only open 16 hours a week.

“Over our whole branch network there has been a 30% drop in branch transactions since 2010 as people do their banking where and when it is convenient for them, whilst online and mobile transactions have grown by over 200%. We expect these trends to continue as more and more of our customers bank with us through our mobile app, by online and telephone and through our upgraded ATM network.

She added: “When we close a branch, we take a number of factors into account including usage and alternative ways to bank with us in the local area.”

To make up for the closure, customers will be able to do their banking at nearby Bentley Post Office.

“We have come to an agreement with the local Post Office, which is close to the branch and there are a further four Post Offices within a mile radius, so that customers can withdraw cash, check balances, and make deposits free of charge,” she said.

There are also four free-to-use ATMs within a one mile radius.

“Our branches are still very important to us and we’ll continue to have one of the largest branch networks in the UK. 80% of our customers are within a three mile radius of a branch, and when you include the Post Office network that rises to 90% of our customers being within one mile of a place where they can carry out their every day banking.”

“We’ve advised staff and we’re writing to our customers to make them aware of the closure and the different ways they can still bank with us. If customers or local businesses are concerned about how this will impact their banking, they can go into the branch where staff will be happy to discuss the alternative ways to bank with us,” she said.