RBS to close 162 branches

Royal Bank of Scotland is to close 162 branches in England and Wales, resulting in 792 job losses.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 2:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 2:46 pm
Library image of Royal Bank of Scotland's head office Photo: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The lender, still 72% owned by the taxpayer, said the move was linked to its decision not to sell its Williams & Glyn business.

As a result, the group has branches in close proximity to another and is seeking to reduce overlap.

RBS said: “Following a review of the branch network in England and Wales a decision has been taken to close 162 Royal Bank of Scotland branches.

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“As a result of this process, around 792 roles will be made redundant, and we will seek to support our colleagues with the option to leave on a voluntary basis.”

An RBS spokesperson said: “We are no longer launching Williams & Glyn as a challenger bank, and we now have two branch networks operating in close proximity to each other - NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland - in England & Wales.

“As a result we have had to review our overall branch footprint in England and Wales and we’ve made the difficult decision to close a number of Royal Bank of Scotland branches. Customers of Royal Bank of Scotland in England & Wales will be able to use NatWest branches instead for their everyday banking needs.

“We now provide our customers with more ways to bank with us than ever before - customers can choose from a range of digital, face-to-face and local options to suit their needs.”