The Spanish-owned bank was accused of 'penalising smaller communities' as it announced that 139 branches will be shut this year.
Last night the lender admitted the closures would affect more than 200,000 customers, with some of the branches being shut down the last in town. The cull was revealed in a statement from the bank. It said that 'following a strategic review it has decided to consolidate its retail operations'.
The move will add to fears that bank branches are disappearing rapidly from the
Jenkins was criticised for insisting the move to online banking would lead to a 'better customer experience'. But echoing the comments,
Lloyds also raised fears of closures after revealing on Thursday that a commitment to maintain branches runs out at the end of the year. Campaigners blasted Santander's decision.
Santander, which has 14m customers in the
They are owned by insurance brokers, accountants and estate agents but carry the Santander branding.
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