RBS set to close two of its rural branches

People in two rural communities face a long drive to the bank because their local branches are set to close.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is closing its branches in Drymen and Blanefield on October 21 and 23 respectively.

RBS said it was a difficult decision to make, but less people were using the branches.

A spokeswoman for RBS said: “The number of transactions taking place at the Drymen branch has dropped by 16 per cent and by 25 per cent at the Blanefield branch over the last few years.

“Over our whole branch network there has been a 30 per cent drop in branch transactions since 2010, as people do their banking where and when it is convenient for them, whilst online and mobile transactions have grown by over 200 per cent.

“We expect these trends to continue as more customers bank with us through our mobile app, online and telephone and through our upgraded ATM network.”

The company has agreed with the Post Office to allow customers to withdraw cash and check their balance free of charge, but residents will have to drive to Balfron or Killearn to get to a bank.

Local Labour MP Anne McGuire said: “This is a further blow to rural communities and I have written to the bank seeking reassurance that any agreement they make with local post offices ensures that existing bank customers have the same access to their money and services.”