Sheffield bank bank closes today - but customers urged to visit post offices instead
HSBC in Darnall will close today, Friday, May 21, with customers asked to bank at post office branches nearby.
More than 4,000 bank and building society branches have closed in the UK over the past six years, according to Which.
HSBC at 660 Staniforth Road, Darnall, is the latest to announce it will shut for good, with alternative banking provisions available to local residents at post office branches nearby.
Darnall Post Office on 245 Main Road, Attercliffe Post Office on 765-767 Attercliffe Road and Manor Park Post Office on 38 Manor Park Centre are the closest places to bank following the closure.
Each of these branches offers banking services - including deposits, free cash withdrawals and balance checks, as well as offering face-to-face access to government services, bill payment, foreign currency, travel insurance and, of course, postal services.
There are currently 2,000 free-to-use ATMs installed across the UK post office network also.
The National Federation of SubPostmasters said: “Post offices are proving vital to retaining people’s and business’s access to cash as the banks continue to desert the high street in order to cut costs and increase their profits.
“Every post office plays a vital role within the heart of the local community. Post offices provide a reliable and essential service which has continued at a high standard across the whole of the UK throughout the pandemic.”