Banking giant Natwest to close New Brighton branch

Banking giant Natwest to close New Brighton branch

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BANKING giant Natwest is to close its branch in New Brighton later this year.

Falling customer numbers and the increasing use of internet banking are behind the company's decision to close its doors in Victoria Road on August 22.

The number of jobs that will be lost is not known at this stage.

Customers will be able to withdraw cash, check balances and pay bills free of charge at the nearby post office.

The nearest NatWest branch, situated just over a mile away in Wallasey Precinct, is currently being refurbished along with a branch in Port Sunlight.

On the decision to close its New Brighton branch, a spokesman for the bank company said: "The branch is open 24 hours a week and only has 55 customers who use the branch regularly each week.

"Over our whole branch network there has been a 30% drop in branch transactions since 2010 as people do their banking when and where it is convenient for them.

"We're investing £700m across the UK over the next three years to improve the way we serve our customers.

"This will include branch refurbishments, investment in digital banking and upgrading our ATM network.

"Eighty per cent of our customers are within a three mile radius of a branch, and when you include the Post Office network that rises to 90% of our customers being within one mile of a place where they can carry out their every day banking."

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1:30pm Fri 2 May 14

sonoferic says...

Very sad news. Unfortunately, it's one less reason to visit Victoria Road which is fast becoming the 'Cinderella' to the Marine Point development down the front.
Very sad news. Unfortunately, it's one less reason to visit Victoria Road which is fast becoming the 'Cinderella' to the Marine Point development down the front. sonoferic
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1:05pm Sat 3 May 14

Westerly9 says...

So the much promised 'trickle down' of investment to the rest of New Brighton begins.

Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town.

Marine point is sucking all of the business away from Victoria Road, the project was never meant to regenerate the town, just large corporate interests making money by creating a captive market on the prom.
So the much promised 'trickle down' of investment to the rest of New Brighton begins. Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town. Marine point is sucking all of the business away from Victoria Road, the project was never meant to regenerate the town, just large corporate interests making money by creating a captive market on the prom. Westerly9
  • Score: 5

3:27pm Mon 5 May 14

piermaster says...

Westerly9 wrote:
So the much promised 'trickle down' of investment to the rest of New Brighton begins.

Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town.

Marine point is sucking all of the business away from Victoria Road, the project was never meant to regenerate the town, just large corporate interests making money by creating a captive market on the prom.
Totally wrong in my opinion! Victoria road traders have always been there own worst enemies and just play the blame game with the council and other community groups who try there very best for the area! Get off your backsides, stop your apathy,stop the blame game and do something positive instead of bleating all the time! It really is a case of change the record before you lose all support and custom and then were would you be!!!
[quote][p][bold]Westerly9[/bold] wrote: So the much promised 'trickle down' of investment to the rest of New Brighton begins. Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town. Marine point is sucking all of the business away from Victoria Road, the project was never meant to regenerate the town, just large corporate interests making money by creating a captive market on the prom.[/p][/quote]Totally wrong in my opinion! Victoria road traders have always been there own worst enemies and just play the blame game with the council and other community groups who try there very best for the area! Get off your backsides, stop your apathy,stop the blame game and do something positive instead of bleating all the time! It really is a case of change the record before you lose all support and custom and then were would you be!!! piermaster
  • Score: 2

12:17pm Thu 8 May 14

rover600 says...

This isn't common to New Brighton its typical of the banking sector as a whole, lets face it our banking habits have changed, I personally cannot recall the last time I stepped into a bank for any reason. The Post office offers all the counter facilities a bank offers and ATM's are in abundance.

I read with amusement too "Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town". The area is thriving like it never has before in my 12/13 years on the peninsula, I think it is a shining beacon compared to the drabness of other areas in the vicinity and whenever we get visitors this is a must visit area to bring them to.
This isn't common to New Brighton its typical of the banking sector as a whole, lets face it our banking habits have changed, I personally cannot recall the last time I stepped into a bank for any reason. The Post office offers all the counter facilities a bank offers and ATM's are in abundance. I read with amusement too "Strange how it looks more and more like a ghost town". The area is thriving like it never has before in my 12/13 years on the peninsula, I think it is a shining beacon compared to the drabness of other areas in the vicinity and whenever we get visitors this is a must visit area to bring them to. rover600
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