NatWest Group has said it plans to close one of the main RBS branches in Glasgow as part of a move to shut down banks across the UK.  

The business said it will shut the Royal Bank of Scotland in the city’s Sauchiehall Street along with 17 NatWest branches in England and one in Wales.  

The RBS branch will close on November 19 next year, while all the NatWest sites will close in either the latter part of February or early March, the bank said.

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Three of the sites are in London, with others in Redcar, Bradford, Birmingham, Maldon and Dudley, among others. 

There has been a massive exodus of branches from the high street in recent years. So far in 2023 alone, banks have announced the closure of 578 branches across the UK. 

The Herald:

 The largest number of closures announced this year have been Barclays branches. The bank has said 185 of its sites are set to shut. 

NatWest is second with 116 branches, followed by Lloyds (112), Halifax (72), Virgin Money (40), Bank of Scotland (28), Ulster Bank (10), TSB (nine), RBS (five), and Nationwide (one). 

It comes as the average number of transactions made over the counter at NatWest Group branches fell 60% in the four years to January 2023. Customers have chosen to use mobile apps instead. 

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 NatWest said: “As with many industries, most of our customers are shifting to mobile and online banking, because it’s faster and easier for people to manage their financial lives. 

“We understand and recognise that digital solutions aren’t right for everyone or every situation, and that when we close branches we have to make sure that no-one is left behind. 

“We take our responsibility seriously to support the people who face challenges in moving online, so we are investing to provide them with support and alternatives that work for them.” 

Full list: 


– NatWest branches

London – Chiswick High Road – February 20
Redcar – High Street East – February 20
Bradford – New Line – February 21
Surbiton – Victoria Road – February 21
Bakewell – Water Lane – February 22
Greenwich – Greenwich Church Street – February 22
Ormskirk – Moor Street – February 27
London – Station Parade – February 27

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Morecambe – Marine Road Central – February 28
Wednesfield – High Street – February 28
Pontypridd – Taff Street – February 29
Rickmansworth – High Street – February 29
Birmingham – Bristol Road South – March 5
Liverpool – Prescot Road – March 5
London – Piccadilly – March 6
Rochester – High Street – March 6
Dudley – Castle Street – March 7
Maldon – High Street – March 7

– RBS branches

Glasgow – Sauchiehall Street – November 19