Lloyds to shut 41 branches and Halifax to close seven - here's a full list of the impacted sites
Lloyds Banking Group, which owns Lloyds Bank and Halifax, is to shut 48 branches between January and April next year. The banking group will shut 41 Lloyds Bank branches and seven Halifax branches. We have full details below on which sites are being closed and what to do if your local branch is affected.
The banking group cites a fall in customer demand for the closures and also blames the move on regional disparities in demand. It comes after the group already announced that 100 of its branches are to close by the end of this year. The group has around 25 million customers. It says 18 million of them are active digital banking users and over 13 million are regular mobile app users.
Bank branch closures have become increasingly common of late, with many of the big high-street names shutting stores. In March, Santander announced it would be closing 111 branches – about 20% of its UK network – and at the start of this month Virgin Money said it would close 30 of its branches early next year.
If you're unhappy about branch closures and are thinking of switching to a different bank as a result, see our Best Bank Accounts guide for the top alternatives.
You can still bank online or use Post Office services if your branch is closing
Lloyds Banking Group says affected customers will still have a choice in how they bank, with options including telephone banking, online and mobile banking, as well as its mortgage video appointment services.
If you're new to online banking or unsure how to use it, both Lloyds and Halifax offer step by step guides on how to register and log on, plus information on how to make payments and review transactions. For further help, you can contact Lloyds on 0345 606 6529 and Halifax on 0345 602 0000.
In addition, Lloyds Bank and Halifax customers can deposit and withdraw money from any of the Post Office's 11,500 branches. The Post Office branches also enable customers to check their balance and pay cheques into their account. Use the Post Office's branch finder tool to locate your nearest one.
If you need branch access and your outlet is closing, consider switching
If you no longer want to stay with Lloyds or Halifax (and you don't have a Post Office nearby), you might want to consider switching to a bank that does have a local branch nearby – although bear in mind there's no guarantee it too won't close in future.
Banks with branches that currently have switching incentives include the following:
- Santander, which is offering a £130 cash bonus, plus 1% to 3% cashback on household bills for a £2/mth fee.
- Nationwide, which is offering a free £100 cash bonus, plus a year's 0% overdraft as well as getting 2% interest on up to £1,500 in the first year.
See our Best Bank Accounts guide for the full details.
Full list of Lloyds Banking Group branch closures
Here are the Lloyds Bank branches that will close between January and April next year:
|Cambridge Cattle Market||24/02/2022|
|Hull Holderness Road||10/02/2022|
|Portsmouth North End||21/02/2022|
|St Marys Isle of Scilly||25/04/2022|
|Worthing George V Ave||02/02/2022|
And here's the list of the Halifax branches that will close between February and March 2022:
|Portsmouth North End||22/02/2022|