People in an East Lancashire town wishing to visit their local Barclays will now have to travel more than 10 miles.

The Clitheroe branch of Barclays will close down on September 21, it has been confirmed – with banks in Chorley and Rawtenstall also shutting up shop.

It means those living in the Ribble Valley town will have to travel to either Burnley or Blackburn if they wish to conduct their banking face-to-face – both of which are 11 miles away.

A sign in the bank’s window reads: “Your Clitheroe branch is closing on Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 12pm.

“You still have plenty of options including online banking and the Barclays app, that are available 24 hours a day.

“You can also visit any Post Office to withdraw or pay in cash, pay in cheques, check your balance or use any LINK cash machine to withdraw cash and access many other services.”

Back in May, Barclays announced it would be closing 27 banks across the country – just months after it announced that 13 branches elsewhere would be shut down.

This is part of Barclays "transformative" plans as it says more customers are now using online services.

In a statement, Barclays said: “We continue to review and adjust our branch footprint to ensure it reflects the way that our customers are increasingly choosing to do their banking.

"We will always give 12 weeks’ notice of any branch closures, explaining the rationale for the decision, as well as highlighting alternative branches and ways to bank.

“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.”

Affected branches in East Lancashire are the Barclays in Rawtenstall and Chorley, while branches in nearby Prestwich and Middleton will also be shutting up shop.

The branch in Bank Street, Rawtenstall, closed on June 29. Chorley's branch in Market Street shuts on Wednesday, August 24.

In Prestwich and Middleton, the closing dates are Friday, August 12, and 5, respectively.