High street branch will shut its doors permanently in June
Barclays Bank Acton. Picture: Google Streetview
Barclays on Acton High Street will be closing its doors for good in June, meaning the nearest branch will be in Ealing town centre.
The company has closed, or has planned to shut, 540 branches since 2015, West Ealing lost its branch in Autumn 2020.
At the end of last year a list of another 63 due to close in the first quarter of this year was released, but Acton wasn't part of that initial tranche. At the time
Barclays said, “With more customers choosing to bank in different ways, we are carefully reducing the number of under-used branches we have.”
The company says it is continuing to see a huge decrease in counter transactions- even prior to the Pandemic - and claim there are only 21 customers that use the Acton branch ''exclusively and regularly''.
It is the latest in the string of bank closures on Acton High Street which will leave the town centre without any face-to-face banking provision. TSB announced it was pulling out last year with Santander moving out in 2019 and Nat West in 2018 with the exodus started by HSBC who abandoned the area in 2016.
A Barclays spokesperson told ActonW3.com, “The decision to close a branch is never an easy one. However, customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking. As a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.
“This is reflected at the Acton branch where there has been an 18 per cent reduction in counter transactions in the two years to March 2020. In addition, more than nine out of ten (91 per cent) of our customers at the branch are also using different ways to bank.
“We will work with our customers and provide alternative options to ensure they can continue to manage their money and receive financial expertise when required.
''We will be offering virtual ‘tea and teach’ sessions for customers wishing to explore digital banking and other alternatives to branch based banking.''
It's not expected any workers will be made redundant - Barclays say staff will be offered alternative roles in the bank.
Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact email@example.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.
March 11, 2021