ORE than a 3rd of the 111 branches being closed by Santander within the subsequent six months are inside the M25.
Some 45 London branches shall be axed as a part of the cull, which the group mentioned got here in response to the continuing shift by prospects in direction of cellular and on-line banking.
Closures within the capital embody metropolis centre shops at Bishopsgate, Fleet Avenue and London Bridge alongside suburban outposts from Twickenham to Beckenham to Chingford.
The pattern has been accelerated by the pandemic, though department transactions fell by a 3rd over the 2 years earlier than the virus disaster and declined by an extra 50% in 2020, mentioned the banking big.
Cell and on-line transactions have been rising by 20% every year, with nearly two thirds of transactions now digital.
A lot of the branches being closed are lower than three miles from one other Santander department, and the furthest is 5 miles.
The closures will go away a community of 452 branches, whereas Santander mentioned it expects to search out various roles for a major variety of workers affected by the announcement.
Adam Bishop, head of branches at Santander, mentioned: “Department utilization by prospects has fallen significantly over latest years so we’ve made the tough resolution to consolidate our presence in areas the place we’ve a number of branches comparatively shut collectively.
“We are going to present each help to prospects of closing branches to search out alternative routes to financial institution with us that finest go well with their particular person wants.
“We’re additionally working alongside our unions to help colleagues via these modifications and to search out various roles for these impacted wherever doable.
“We proceed to imagine that branches have an essential position to play and we anticipate the scale of our community to stay secure for the foreseeable future.”
The Communication Staff Union mentioned it had reached a ground-breaking settlement with Santander on new methods of working which is able to protect jobs and keep away from obligatory redundancies that will in any other case have been “inevitable”.
Nationwide officer Sally Bridge mentioned: “Current membership surveys have indicated a want from a big majority of these at present working from house for flexibility to proceed after the pandemic, and this settlement achieves that for almost all of staff affected by these modifications.
“Finally, nevertheless, confronted with the proposals of website closures and consolidations, the deal we’ve negotiated has prevented obligatory redundancies by giving people real choices, crucially defending our most weak members for whom twin location preparations weren’t appropriate on account of their distinctive circumstances.
“Santander deserves credit score for recognising its tasks to its staff and I hope different employers observe the ethical lead the financial institution has taken in what’s prone to be one of many first of many far-reaching company readjustments to the post-Covid world of labor.”