NatWest Group has said it plans to close a North East banking branch as part of plans to shutter 19 across the UK.

The banking group have announced plans to close its branch in Redcar as they look to shut down 18 branches across England, and one RBS branch in Scotland.

They will all close in either late February or early March.

Three of the sites are located in London, while others are in Bradford, Birmingham, Maldon and Dudley and more.

A NatWest spokesperson said: “As with many industries, most of our customers are shifting to mobile and online banking, because it’s faster and easier for people to manage their financial lives.

“We understand and recognise that digital solutions aren’t right for everyone or every situation, and that when we close branches we have to make sure that no-one is left behind.

“We take our responsibility seriously to support the people who face challenges in moving online, so we are investing to provide them with support and alternatives that work for them.”

The one RBS branch that is set to close is on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, though it will stay open until November 19 next year.

There has been a massive exodus of branches from the high street in recent years.

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There have been 578 banking branch closures across the UK this year.

This follows closure of Barclays branches, with 185 set to shut.

NatWest is second with 116 branches, followed by Lloyds (112), Halifax (72), Virgin Money (40), Bank of Scotland (28), Ulster Bank (10), TSB (nine), RBS (five), and Nationwide (one).