Downend bank closure revoked because of pandemic

The Downend branch of Lloyds Bank, pictured above, which had been due to close for good on 6th May, is being kept open because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bank’s branch in Hanham High Street, below, is scheduled for closure on 3rd June, but that too is looking like it could be delayed.

We reported in February (Issue 613) on Lloyds Banking Group’s proposals to close more than 50 branches including Hanham and Downend.

At the time Lloyds said counters at the Hanham branch were 20% quieter than a year ago while at the branch in Badminton Road in Downend they were 18% less busy.

Lloyds is the only bank currently left in Hanham. HSBC closed its branch some years ago and the NatWest shut in 2018. When the announcement was made, concerns were raised about the impact on the economy of the High Street, with traders saying they would no longer be able to access change for their shops, bank their takings or carry out other necessary financial transactions near their businesses, but instead would have to close and drive to the nearest Lloyds branch in Kingswood.

For customers of the Downend branch, the closest Lloyds is in Fishponds.

A Lloyds Bank spokesperson told us today: “Our priority at this time is keeping as many branches as possible open to provide essential services, so that customers can continue to access cash, and ensuring that those who are vulnerable or in financial difficulty can speak to colleagues.”