Santander closes two Fife branches


Spanish-owned bank Santander is closing 140 branches across the UK, including those in Kirkcaldy and St Andrews.

The closure programme puts over 1,200 jobs at risk and it is not yet clear how many Scottish jobs are affected.

The bank blamed the closures on “changes in how customers are choosing to carry out their banking”.

It said branch transactions have fallen 23% in the last three years, while digital transactions have soared 99%.

The Kirkcaldy High Street branch will close on 13th June, just the latest in a series of body-blows to the town centre.

The St Andrews branch in Market Street will close before then on 2nd May.

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