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Four more 'banking hubs' to open in a bid to boost access to cash as high street branches close – here's a full list of the 27 planned hubs

Four more 'banking hubs' to open in a bid to boost access to cash as high street branches close – here's a full list of the 27 planned hubs

Four more 'banking hubs' are to open in the UK in the coming months, aiming to boost people's access to cash as bank branches continue to disappear from the high street. Here's where they're set to open.  

Banking hubs operate in a similar way to bank branches, but their services are shared, with banks providing staff on rotation so that trained specialists from different banks are available on different days.

The first banking hubs, which are still open for business, were piloted last year. They were set up by the Access to Cash Action Group and Link, the ATM network. By September 2022, the two hubs – in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire and Rochford, Essex – had seen some 60,000 customer visits between them. 

Four more banking hubs will open in communities across the UK – taking the total planned to 27

The four newly announced hubs are highlighted in bold below – they join the 23 hubs announced previously. Here's the full list:

  • Acton, London
  • Axminster, Devon
  • Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire)
  • Belper, Derbyshire
  • Brechin, Angus
  • Brixham, Devon
  • Bury Park, Bedfordshire
  • Buckingham, Bucks
  • Carluke, Lanarkshire
  • Carnoustie, Angus
  • Cheadle, Staffordshire
  • Cottingham, Yorkshire
  • Forres, Moray
  • Haslemere, Surrey
  • Hornsea, Yorkshire
  • Kilkeel, Newry
  • Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Knaresborough, Yorkshire
  • Looe, Cornwall
  • Lutterworth, Leicestershire
  • Maryport, Cumbria
  • Prestatyn, Denbighshire
  • Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
  • Syston, Leicestershire
  • Troon, Ayrshire
  • Welling, London
  • Welshpool, Powys

There isn't a set date when these hubs will open but it is likely to be next year. The Access to Cash Action Group and Link will work with the communities listed to find suitable locations for the hubs.

You can use the banking hubs to access your cash

The hubs will have counter services operated by Post Office staff, where you can withdraw and deposit cash, make bill payments and carry out regular banking transactions – regardless of who you bank with.

In addition, there will be private spaces where customers can speak to someone from their own bank about more complex issues. These will work on a rotating basis, so there will be staff from different banks available on different days. The following banks are taking part:

  • Bank of Ireland UK
  • Barclays
  • Danske Bank
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • NatWest
  • Santander
  • TSB
  • Virgin Money

You can bank at the Post Office even if you don't live near one of the new hubs

It's worth noting that the Post Office – which has over 11,500 branches around the UK – already provides some essential banking services for almost everyone with a UK bank account.

If you have a branch near you, you can pop in with your debit card to withdraw or pay in cash and check your balance. Depending on your bank, you may also be able to deposit cheques.

Before you go, check which banks and services are available at the Post Office you're heading to, to avoid a wasted trip.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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