Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Kyle is to close.

Following an independent review into the 10 planned closures, RBS will only be keeping two of their branches open.  Castlebay Branch in Barra and Biggar Branch in South Lanarkshire have avoided the planned closure.

Kate Forbes MSP has voiced her disappointment after the Johnston Carmichael review stated that Kyle branch usage was low.  The report also mentioned it was not the last bank in the town.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: "As the MSP for Beauly and Kyle, I am of course disappointed that the RBS branches in both towns are to close.

"Whilst I recognise that branch use has been declining in both of these areas, there are still well-documented and legitimate questions regarding security and disabled access in the alternative banking provision.

"For example, the review plainly states that the branch closure in Beauly will cause difficulties for vulnerable customers, and so as the constituency MSP I am calling on RBS to work with me to put measures in place to provide specific support for them."

On the Biggar and Barra decisions, Simon Watson, of RBS, said: "These branches were selected because, unlike the other branches that were closed, they were nearly all the last bank in town and more than nine miles to the nearest alternative Royal Bank branch."

He said RBS had accepted the recommendations in Johnston Carmichael's independent review in full.

Mr Watson added: "We know branches are important to many communities, but equally we know that fewer and fewer people are using them as more people bank online.

"In every case of a branch closing we are committed to providing the best possible range of banking alternatives, including mobile branches, banking in the local post office, community bankers and remote services such as telephone banking."

RBS said it will make no further reviews of its branch network "until at least 2020."



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