Barclays has announced that another North East bank branch will close in the coming months, following a series of closures which will now see Washington Galleries lose their branch. 

Washington's branch will close for good on Friday 21, after analysis by Barclays says that 19% of the branch’s customers have used nearby branches in the past year.

Barclays also stated that less than ten customers use the branch on a regular basis, prompting its closure.

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In a statement, the bank said: “Back when we opened this branch, visiting us in person was one of the only ways to do your banking.

“Now, as there are lots of ways to manage your money without even leaving your home, we’re seeing many customers choosing to bank using our app, and Online or Telephone Banking. This has had a big impact on the number of customers coming in to see us.

“We want to reassure you that we’re here to help. We’ll stay in your community and you’ll be able to talk to us in person.

“We’re finalising the details of where we’ll be based, and when, to support you with your banking, and we’ll share the details locally once confirmed.”

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Data analysis by Barclays also revealed that 88% of its clients used the online, on the app or by phone in 2021.

Now, Washington’s customers who do not use smartphones will now have to travel eight miles to the other nearest Barclays branch located in Doxford Park.