Corringham residents angry as Barclay shuts another branch

RESIDENTS in Corringham and wider East Thurrock have reacted with disappointment after Barclays announced that it plans to shut its branch in the town later this year – the latest in a series of closures that has included closure of its Lakeside and Sockets Heath branches recently.

The pending closure of the Grover walk branch, due to happen in September, will mean Barclays has just one branch in the whole of Thurrock. And that branch, on Grays High Street already offers a much reduced service to customers, with counter service only available between 10am and 2pm daily.

A Barclays spokesperson told Thurrock Nub News today (Friday, 17 June): “The decision to close a branch is never an easy one. However, customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking and, as a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.

“This is reflected at our Corringham branch, where we’ve seen a 63 per cent reduction in counter transactions in the last 12 months, when compared to March 2020. 87 per cent of customers who visit the branch are also using different ways to bank and only 12 use the branch exclusively for their banking.

 “We will work with our customers and provide alternative options to ensure they can continue to manage their money and receive financial expertise when required. This includes working with the local community to find different, more flexible ways for our colleagues to continue to provide local banking support, such as through pop-up presences.”

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