These Natwest banks in Hull and East Yorkshire will close

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Dec 2017

Five Natwest branches in East Yorkshire are to close.

Natwest will pull out of Hull's Hessle Road, Cottingham, Hornsea, Driffield and Pocklington in May and June next year.

The firm said the decision has been made as more customers turn to online banking.

It follows the announcement that Natwest’s Brigg and Immingham branches are also to close.

RBS Group said the number of customers at its branches has decreased by 40 per cent in the past three years. Use of Hessle Road dipped more than 90 per cent of customers using banking in ways other than in-branch.

It also said transactions at the branch have reduced by 35 per cent since 2012, with only 75 people using it on a weekly basis. It explained the bank has decided to close the Cottingham branch as it has averaged only 45 people using the bank on a weekly basis.

RBS Group said 63 per cent of customers are now choosing to bank digitally with them on a regular basis instead.

Driffield’s Natwest branch is closing on June 4 after the number of transactions fell 38 per cent since 2012. The Pocklington branch will close on May 21.

Exterior of the NatWest bank on Hessle Road

In Hornsea, transactions the Natwest branch have reduced by 23 per cent since 2012, with now only 70 customers visiting the branch on a weekly basis. 

The Lloyds is also closing in the seaside town, leaving it with no bank come summer 2018. 

MP Graham Stuart has written to both, underlining the double-closure situation, and former Mayor, Cllr Lee Walton, said: “Currently the only cash machine in the town centre is Natwest, so there’s the issue of not just having a place to put money in, but to take money out. 

“We’ve not got a dedicated post office either, we’ve only got post offices in stores. It’s dire really. Because we’re a seaside town you’ll have tourists who won’t necessarily have money in their pockets and won’t know that we don’t have any banks. 

“Small businesses will have to travel all the way to Beverley or to Hull to deposit money and that’s hardly going to help them thrive and flourish as we’d like them to.” 

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