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Buckie TSB avoids national branch cull by bank


By Alan Beresford

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BUCKIE area TSB customers breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when it became clear the branch had escaped a large-scale Scotland-wide cull.

TSB have announced 73 bank closures across Scotland.
TSB have announced 73 bank closures across Scotland.

A total of 73 branches are set to close across the country, part of a UK-wide programme to cut 164 branches with the loss of around 900 jobs.

The town was braced to lose yet another banking presence, having witnessed both the Clydesdale Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland depart Buckie in recent years. At present the TSB and Bank of Scotland are the only bank branches remaining.

However, many north-east communities were left with nothing to celebrate after the announcement last Wednesday. Huntly will now have no banking presence at all after featuring on the TSB hit list, as will Insch.

Also due to face the axe are branches in Aboyne, Banchory and seven branches within Aberdeen city.

TSB say the decision has been driven by a significant shift in customer behaviour, including a reduction in the number of customers using branches.

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