Barclays bank has announced it is closing its Blackburn branch in May.

A statement was released stating that only a small number of people use the Blackburn branch on Darwen Street, causing Barclays to close the branch.

Other statistics were also mentioned as reasons why the branch is closing.

Barclays stated that 94 per cent of people who use the branch have also banked using the app, online and by phone in 2022.

It is said that 140 customers use this branch regularly as the only way to do their banking, and 10 per cent of this branch’s customers have used nearby branches in the last 12 months.

Lancashire Telegraph: The sign in the window at Barclays in Blackburn

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A spokesperson for Barclays said: "Back when we opened this branch, visiting us in person was one of the only ways to do your banking.

"Now, as there are lots of ways to manage your money without even leaving your home, we’re seeing many customers choosing to bank using our app, and Online or Telephone Banking.

"This has had a big impact on the number of customers coming in to see us. When deciding whether to close this branch, we looked carefully at how it’s been used and how customers are banking in other ways.

"We want to reassure you that we’re here to help. We’ll stay in your community and you’ll be able to talk to us in person.

"We’ll be available to help you with things like day-to-day banking queries and helping you manage your money, though there won’t be access to cash at this site. We’ll also add the location and opening times on our website."

Until Friday, May 10, Barclays will still be open in person until the branch closes, to answer questions and help with the move from using this branch to alternative ways to bank.

The nearest other Barclays branches are on James Street, Burnley, and Fishergate, Preston.