Gordon MP and Huntly Councillor Comment on Withdrawal of Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch

>> 1 December 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has expressed disappointment at the decision by the Bank of Scotland to withdraw its Mobile Branch from Aberdeenshire.

The bank has announced that the service will stop calling at communities such as Insch, Huntly, Alford, Turriff and New Pitsligo with effect from May 2024.

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:

“This is obviously very disappointing, especially for those communities such as Insch and, in particular, Huntly who were given the mobile service after losing their physical Bank of Scotland branch just over three years ago.

“It is, however, the inevitable outcome when banks try to replace a high street presence with something that’s intermittent and can’t replicate the same range of services that could be accessed previously.”

Councillor for Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Gwyneth Petrie added:

“Huntly was still considered viable for a physical Bank of Scotland branch up until 2020 so this represents quite a turnaround from that time.

“I appreciate that more and more people are using online banking but most people still have an occasional need to service their account face-to-face and the Mobile Branch seemed to me to be a cost-effective way of reaching as many communities as possible.”

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