Bank of Scotland to close branches across the country

Shutters to come down on 15 branches with dozens of jobs lost.

A number of Bank of Scotland branches will shut this year, with some closing as early as April.

Lloyds Banking Group announced the plans to bring the shutters down on 15 of its Bank of Scotland branches, as the company responds to “changing customer behaviours”.

The branches to close include: Dalry Road, Greenside, Liberton and Tollcross in Edinburgh, Galston, Loanhead, Tullos in Aberdeen, Livingston, Grantown-on-Spey, Turriff, Huntly, Balfron, Kinross, Killin and Auchterarder.

The move is part of wider plans, which include the closures of 31 Lloyds and ten Halifax banks across the United Kingdom.

The branches will close between April and October, while it’s expected staff numbers will be cut by as many as 80.

Many employees will also be redeployed in other branches.

A Lloyds Banking Group spokeswoman said: “We are committed to having the largest branch network in the UK and, in addition to our branches, all our customers can also use the Post Office to access their banking locally, alongside our mobile branches which visit many rural communities.

“This is in response to changing customer behaviours and the reduced number of transactions being made in branches.”

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