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Halifax in Dover's Biggin Street to close

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A bank is set to leave a town centre after a fall in visits to the branch.

Halifax, in Biggin Street, Dover, will close later this year on September 13.

Halifax in Dover is closing. Picture: Google Maps
Halifax in Dover is closing. Picture: Google Maps

It comes as parent company Lloyd's Banking Group announced plans earlier this year to axe 60 branches.

The closures are set to take place throughout the summer and into early Autumn with cuts affecting Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Halifax branches.

The company says transactions at the Dover Halifax fell over 59% between 2016 and 2020, and then fell by a further 22% in 2021.

The firm says 75% of its customers are already using other ways of banking, such as over the phone or internet banking, as well as other branches.

Customers in Dover will still be able to use everyday banking services, access cash, and pay in cheques at the Post Office, which is a one-to-two minute walk away from Halifax.

The nearest free to use ATM is 0.03 miles away, and there are 26 free to use ATMs within a mile of the closing branch.

The company says it is in the process of contacting customers to let them know about the alternate services available.

A Halifax spokesman said: "We’ve seen far fewer people visit our Dover branch over several years, with customers now choosing to do their banking in different ways.

"When the branch closes in September, customers can continue to bank in person with us at the local Post Office which is a short walk away, as are several free-to-use ATMs."

It comes as more and more banks are leaving town centres.

The Halifax in Margate is set to close in July, and Natwest is leaving Gillingham next month.

Barclays in Deal also closed earlier this year.

HSBC is also closing 69 of its branches, it has been announced.

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