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Barclays To Shut Bishop’s Waltham Branch In New Blow To High Street

By Times Reporter in News on December 6, 2020

Barclays is to close its Bishop’s Waltham Branch, in a further blow to the High Street.

The bank will shut its doors for the last time on Friday March 5th 2021.

Barclays, which made a pre-tax profit before tax of £1.1 billion pounds for the three months to the end of September and £6.2 billion last year, says it is closing the branch because:

• The number of counter transactions has gone down in the previous 24 months

• Customers using other ways to do their banking has increased by 10% since 2015

• In the past 12 months, 20% of this branch’s customers have been using nearby branches

• They say that only 75 customers use this branch exclusively for their banking

Customers reacted with fury over the news. One said: “I’ve been a customer of Barclays Bank for 35 years but they haven’t even had the manners to write to tell me.

“Of course less people have used the branch over the past year – for a fair proportion of that time we’ve had Coronavirus restrictions of one kind or another. To use the pandemic as a smokescreen to close this branch is a disgrace.”

Another customer said: “So gutted always great service and the reason I have stayed with them for over 30 years.”

The closure will leave Bishop’s Waltham with just one bank – Lloyds – and one cash machine in the centre. The nearest Barclays branch will be Hedge End and Eastleigh.

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Comments


  • Cowardly move whilst the nation fights this virus. Government should announce special measures to stop Barclays and other companies and industries removing vital resources from the fight.

  • We must campaign against this closure. The branch has carried on through the pandemic maintaining the superb service with the friendly, efficient and professional support from all the staff. More recently the branch has benefited from the retention of traditional glass screens to protect staff and clients, which us kept us safe and means minimal cost will be required to make Covid safe for the future. Government policy is to encourage people to stay local to prevent virus spread – Barclays should have pressure brought to bear to stop closing local branches – Covid business loan support should be conditional on no further closures.

  • This decision is so wrong, many people will be greatly efected , i will be taking my business elsewhere. SHAME ON BARCLAYS!!!!.

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