RBS Winchester To Close
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RBS Winchester has been named as one of the casualties of the decision to close 162 branches across England. Almost 800 jobs will go across the country and employees are being supported with the option to leave on a voluntary basis. Nat West is being offered as an alternative as it’s part of the same group.
Reasons given include the abandonment of the Williams and Glyn spin-off, a downturn in branch transactions because of the Internet and the fact that Nat West is only a couple of minutes away.
The RBS Winchester branch will close on 21 August, 2018.
The bank itself is part of a building that won a Civic Trust Award in 1965.
An RBS spokesperson commented on the fact that Williams and Glyn is no longer being offered as a challenger bank: “We now have two branch networks operating in close proximity to each other – Nat West and Royal Bank of Scotland. As a result we have had to review our overall branch footprint and we’ve made the difficult decision to close a number of Royal Bank of Scotland branches.
“We realise this is difficult news for our colleagues and we are doing everything we can to support those affected. We will ensure compulsory redundancies are kept to an absolute minimum.”
Various people at Winchester Today have had cause to use RBS in Winchester over 10 years. Tucked away at the top end of the High Street there was never a queue when you went in, there was always a smiling face behind the counter – and nine times out of ten there was usually recognition by name. We are truly sorry that the staff have been dumped out of their jobs, and we wish them all the best for whatever they do in the future.