Barclays to shut a further 27 bank branches by the end of August - check if yours is closing and what the alternatives are
Barclays Bank has announced a further round of branch closures, with 27 more outlets set to shut by the end of August. Below we detail which branches are impacted and alternatives if you still want face-to-face banking.
This latest decision is on top of the 13 branches Barclays announced it would close in March. In total, it means 40 Barclays closures will take place over a period of three months, with the first branch set to close on 22 June and the final outlet on 26 August.
The news comes only a week after Lloyds Banking Group confirmed the closure of a further 20 Lloyds Bank and eight Halifax branches. When you take into account previous announcements, it means Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers will lose access to 136 outlets by the end of the year.
Elsewhere, TSB has already closed 44 branches so far this year and plans to close a further 26 in June.
Alternative ways to bank face-to-face with Barclays
Here are some alternative ways to access face-to-face Barclays banking services if your local branch is closing:
Book an appointment on the Barclays van
Barclays runs an educational and support van that enables Barclays and Barclaycard customers in England and Wales to access certain advice and help in their local area at specific times and dates each month. You can check if a nearby town is covered on Barclays' website.
Under the 'Barclays van' service customers can get advice on:
- Buying a new home.
- Online banking.
- Saving for the future.
- Setting up a business.
However, the Barclays van service has no cash or counter services, so you won't be able to manage your money here. If you need to access to these services you can use a Post Office branch.
You can access some Barclays services via the Post Office
Barclays customers can access certain services from any of the Post Office's 11,500 branches. Use the Post Office's branch finder tool to locate your nearest. Services available include the following:
- Cash/cheque deposits.
- Check your balance.
- Withdraw money.
If you need branch access and don't have alternative services nearby, consider switching
If you no longer want to stay with Barclays (or you don't have alternatives close by), you might want to consider switching to a bank that does have a local branch nearby – although bear in mind there's no guarantee that too won't close.
Banks with branches that currently have switching incentives include the following:
- HSBC* - is offering new and existing customers £170 to switch to its Advance account. You can't have had switching cash from HSBC or First Direct since January 2019. There's no minimum monthly pay-in to keep the account, though you will need to deposit £1,500+ once to get the bonus.
- Lloyds Bank - get up to £125 for switching. Club Lloyds is offering existing customers £125. You also get to choose one of these four perks each year: six cinema tickets, 12 digital movie rentals, a Gourmet Society membership, or an annual magazine subscription. You must pay in £1,500+ a month or pay a £3 monthly fee.
See our Best Bank Accounts guide for the full list of banks offering switching incentives.
Of course, if you want to switch to banking online or via an app, Barclays has a step-by-step guide on how to set up online and app banking.
Here is the full list of the Barclays branches closing this year
|Branch||Date of closure|
|Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex||22/06/2022|
|Chester-le-Street, County Durham||12/08/2022|
|Gateshead, Tyne and Wear||01/07/2022|
|Middleton, Greater Manchester||05/08/2022|
|Muswell Hill, London||24/06/2022|
|Prestwich, Greater Manchester||12/08/2022|
|Ripon, North Yorkshire||25/08/2022|
|Ryde, Isle of Wight||04/08/2022|
|Saffron Walden, Essex||26/08/2022|
|Selby, North Yorkshire||03/08/2022|
|Southgate Chase Side, Enfield, London||18/08/2022|
|St Austell, Cornwall||24/06/2022|
|Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames||01/07/2022|
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