TSB Bank is to close its branches in Wishaw and Carluke next year.

More than 80 branch closures were revealed in an announcement by the bank last week.

Among them is the Stewarton Street branch in Wishaw which has been earmarked for closure in September 2020, while the Carluke High Street branch is set to close its doors for the final time a couple of months earlier in July.

The news comes less than six months after the Wishaw branch’s opening hours were reduced, with management claiming it was due to a decrease in the number of customers using it.

TSB which has more than 500 outlets across the UK revealed on Thursday they will be closing 82 of them, 17 of those in Scotland including the branches in Wishaw and Carluke.

An announcement as recently as May this year revealed the branch in Wishaw would close every Tuesday and Wednesday from July with opening times on the other weekdays changed to 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Customers from Wishaw looking to use a TSB branch will now be forced to travel to Merry Street in Motherwell which will remain open.

Up to 400 members of TSB staff could be affected across the UK.

Earlier last week TSB’s CEO Debbie Crosbie unveiled the bank’s plans for the next three years with a strategy she claimed would restore the Bank’s competitiveness.

She also claimed the branch network “reshape” was “in response to changing customer behaviour”.

Last year an IT problem caused major problems for TSB and left customers unable to access their accounts.

Pointing to a future £120 million investment in digital solutions, products and services, the TSB CEO, said: “Our new strategy positions TSB to succeed in a challenging external environment at a time when we know customers want something different and better from their bank.

“With a trusted brand, modern platform, and national presence, TSB is well placed to deliver – but we need to make changes to enable us to compete.

“The plan we’re sharing today involves some difficult decisions, but it sets TSB up to succeed in the future. Taken together, these changes will help us to serve more customers, better, for the long-term.”

A TSB spokeswoman told the Wishaw Press that the bank will work closely with staff at affected branches, efforts would be made to redeploy workers where possible, and that voluntary redundancies would be sought in a bid to avoid compulsory ones.

In a statement TSB stated that the “difficult decision” had been made following a “detailed review and analysis of its current network”, again citing the declining use of bank branches by its customers.

The statement added: “While TSB is conscious that this will be a disappointing decision for some customers that use the impacted branches regularly, they will still be able to bank with TSB in multiple ways.

“Customers can use any TSB branch and can also bank through telephony and online channels.

“In addition, TSB customers will be able to perform many banking tasks at their local Post Office.”

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