Three bank branches across the region will close in the next week, as 17 are due to shut this year.

Banks are continuing to push forward with the move to online banking, with more branches set to pull down the shutters.

The number of people using in-person services has been falling for years as more people switch to digital.

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Three branches are set to close in the space of eight days within the next week, as SEVENTEEN close in the North East this year, leaving thousands of customers without a branch nearby.

One Halifax site and two Barclays locations will close next week.

Halifax, Chester-le-Street – April 19

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Halifax will close its Chester-le-Street branch at 58 Front Street on Wednesday (April 19).

The banking giant said it carried out a “thorough review” before making the decision. It said that only 166 customers regularly used the branch in the 12 months to July last year.

Barclays, Stanhope – April 21

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Barclays announced in January that its Stanhope branch will shut for good on Friday (April 21).

Speaking to The Northern Echo at the time Cllr John Shuttleworth described the decision as “very disappointing”, adding: “A lot of the local population here is over 60 and don’t have mobile banking or access to online.”

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Figures from Barclays show that only 22 customers the branch regularly as their only method of banking.

Barclays, Bedale – April 26

Bedale will lose its last bank branch on Wednesday next week (April 26) as Barclays shuts shop.

It will be joined by the branch in Leyburn next month.

In March the Echo’s sister paper the Darlington & Stockton Times reported that Barclays was in talks over a new site in the town – but users won’t be able to take out cash.

Here are all of the banks set to close in 2023 in the North East (as of April 17):


  • Stanhope, County Durham – DL13 2TU – closing April 21
  • Bedale, North Yorkshire – DL8 1AD – closing April 26
  • Leyburn, North Yorkshire – DL8 5BQ – closing May 5
  • Satburn, Teesside - TS12 1AB - closing June 30
  • Alnwick, Northumberland – NE66 1TF – closing July 7
  • Yarm, Teesside – TS15 9AH – closing July 14
  • Seahouses, Northumberland – NE68 7SJ – closing July 14


  • Gosforth, Newcastle – NE3 1HE – closing July 18
  • South Shields, South Tyneside – NE33 1NW – closing June 14
  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2SW – closing May 2
  • Whitby, North Yorkshire – YO21 1BD – closing May 16

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  • Chester-le-Street, County Durham – DH3 3BD – closing April 19
  • Newton Aycliffe, County Durham - DL14 7EQ - closing September 6
  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2TH – closing June 21


  • Newburn, Newcastle – NE15 8LS – September 14
  • Benton, North Tyneside – NE7 7EE – July 17


  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2TQ – July 20