REVEALED: Full list of 54 RBS branches that are set to be closed

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Royal Bank of Scotland has been branded ‘utterly disgusting’ after announcing plans to swing the axe on another 54 branches, resulting in 258 job losses.

The lender, still 62 per cent owned by the taxpayer, said the move was linked to it not having to sell its Williams & Glyn business.

RBS will be closing hundreds of branches this year. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

RBS will be closing hundreds of branches this year. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

As a result, the group has branches in close proximity to each other and is seeking to reduce overlap.

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An RBS spokesman said: ‘As we are no longer launching Williams & Glyn as a challenger bank we now have two branch networks operating in close proximity to each other in England and Wales - NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland.

‘As a result we have reviewed our overall branch footprint in England and Wales and have made the difficult decision to close 54 Royal Bank of Scotland branches.

‘Customers of Royal Bank of Scotland in England and Wales will be able to use NatWest branches and local post offices for their everyday banking needs.' 

The latest wave of closures comes on top of the closing of 162 branches announced earlier this year, which resulted in 792 job losses.

Unions reacted with fury to the news, describing the decision as a hammer blow to the disabled and elderly.

Rob MacGregor, of union Unite, said: ‘It is utterly disgusting that Royal Bank of Scotland has the audacity to announce that yet more important local bank branches will permanently close their doors.

‘This announcement heaps further misery on communities across England and Wales that have already seen the demise of local banking services as branches that were signposted by the bank earlier in 2018 as an alternative for customers whose branches were closing, now suffering a similar fate.

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‘The disabled, elderly and many local businesses will today be deeply disappointed that their bank has chosen to withdraw from their community and no longer provide them with the access to banking services which we all deserve.' 

Which RBS banks will close? 

Here is a full list of the branches affected:

- RBS London, Kensington High Street

- RBS Enfield

- RBS Watford

- RBS Kingston Upon Thames

- RBS London Notting Hill Gate

- RBS Eastbourne

- RBS Wolverhampton

- RBS Swansea

- RBS Belper

- RBS Cardiff Roath

- RBS Prestatyn

- RBS Basildon

- RBS Ipswich

- RBS Bournemouth

- RBS Congleton

- RBS Swallownest

- RBS Matlock

- RBS Ashbourne

- RBS Darlington

- RBS Chapel-en-le-Frith

- RBS Pemberton

- RBS Leigh

- RBS Manchester Droylsden

- RBS Bamber Bridge

- RBS Dronfield

- RBS Hindley

- RBS Radcliffe

- RBS Buxton High Street

- RBS Bolton Harwood

- RBS Poulton-le-Fylde

- RBS Altrincham

- RBS Formby

- RBS Sheffield Ecclesfield

- RBS Romiley

- RBS Shaw

- RBS South Elmsall

- RBS Fleetwood

- RBS Atherton

- RBS Marple

- RBS Hazel Grove

- RBS Prescot

- RBS Standish

- RBS Partington

- RBS Burscough Bridge

- RBS Kirkham

- RBS Ramsbottom

- RBS Hathersage

- RBS Parbold

- RBS Adlington

- RBS Maghull

- RBS Croston

- RBS Disley

- RBS Prestbury

- RBS Blackpool Talbot Square