Lloyds Bank have announced that the Wensleydale Road branch will close on 25 July, citing declining usage. The cash point will not be retained either. This is a real blow for the area.

The nearest Lloyds alternative branch is in Heath Road Twickenham. Alternative cashpoints are at Everdays Milton Road, Waitrose and Hampton Supermarket Percy Road.

Further details in the Branch Review pdf linked below.

https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/contact-us/Lloyds-Hamp...

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I received a letter, as they are my Bank, you can use the Post Office for getting cash and depositing it as well.

Is the Post Office not closing down/ up for sale then?

Janice Merritt said:

I received a letter, as they are my Bank, you can use the Post Office for getting cash and depositing it as well.

The post office in Station Road is remaining open it's the sorting office that is going

I was in Lloyds Kingston today, spoke to a lovely young man about losing our branch, he said only 17 people a week visited there.  Apparently I got a letter because I had used the bank in the last six months.  I thought it was on postcode.  He was very apologetic, and didn't know Teddington had closed (neither did I although my account was opened there).  I explained about depositing money that I have to go and get an envelope from the post office come home fill it out and take it back, not good.  He said they would be talking to the Post Office to allow paying in slips over the counter.  The latter was in their letter.  Wait and see, I did put up my objection very gently as it wasn't down to him

It seems once they have our money why make it easy, is it rationalisation or we becoming even more irrelevant?

The Post Office in Station Road, what a choice!

Janice Merritt said:

I was in Lloyds Kingston today, spoke to a lovely young man about losing our branch, he said only 17 people a week visited there.  Apparently I got a letter because I had used the bank in the last six months.  I thought it was on postcode.  He was very apologetic, and didn't know Teddington had closed (neither did I although my account was opened there).  I explained about depositing money that I have to go and get an envelope from the post office come home fill it out and take it back, not good.  He said they would be talking to the Post Office to allow paying in slips over the counter.  The latter was in their letter.  Wait and see, I did put up my objection very gently as it wasn't down to him

There's been some interesting coverage on the declining use of cash, and how this impacts on the closing of ATMs etc.

The news reports below refer to a independently-commissioned report on cash use from December (not sure why the reports have only surfaced now).

From the Guardian article:

The report’s authors said the UK was “not ready” to go cashless, and that despite the runaway growth of contactless and mobile payments, a “significant number” of people – about 2.2 million – were currently using cash for all their day-to-day transactions.  Nevertheless, the volume of cash removed from ATMs is falling fast, and Which? has estimated that cash machines around the UK are closing at a rate of 300 a month.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/mar/06/uk-cash-system-on-the...

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47456698

Yes I read that on the BBC news this morning.  A lot of people still use cash though, I use a mixture of both

Obviously change happens, but I must say it is a lovely branch - always a pleasure to use. Perhaps it is because it is fairly quiet but there is a always a nice friendly welcome. Shame it is closing.

Not surprised it's closing really. I tried to exchange a £20 note (from their ATM) for 2 x £10  in the branch and they refused. I wasn't a customer of Lloyds was their excuse for refusal!! Quite a few months before that I had a couple of bags of coins I wanted exchanged and the same excuse for refusal was given. OK fine.  But, really????… refusing to change a £20 note from their own ATM was really petty!!

Great to see Vince Cable step in and try to stop it

https://twitter.com/vincecable/status/1113525854301245442?s=21

Not sure what that meant, Labour is trying to sort out something about Post Office being the Bank.  Well one should know that the 'big boys' like Lloyds already have an agreement in place for people to use the Post Office as a Bank.  I have used them on and off, don't want the branch of Lloyds to go, but you can still bank as usual at the Post Office

Is this Vince Cable the chocolate teapot?  the same Vince Cable who tried to stop the Royal Mail Hampton delivery office closure but really caused it due to his privatisation of the business.

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