SNP MSP Michael Russell has welcomed the news, Royal Bank of Scotland will be reversing its decision to close the Inveraray branch.

It was announced earlier today that RBS will keep ten branches in Scotland, previously cited to close, open until at least the end of 2018 when they will conduct an independent review on the use of these branches. One of the ten branches is in Inveraray.

As part of the package of support the Royal Bank will look to open new branches across Scotland, improve ATM accessibility for all communities affected by the closures, review opening hours of remaining branches, and work with communities to give empty branches to local community groups for free.

Following the announcement, SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute, Michael Russell said:

“I was extremely concerned when the Inveraray branch was listed to be closed especially as it would mean there would be no bank in the town, severely affecting those who live there, local businesses and tourism.

“It was the wrong decision and I met with The Royal Bank to express my opposition.

“I have also been involved with members of the community, supporting their determination to prevent the closure.

“This  announcement is a result of that strong and determined community effort as well as great work by – amongst others – SNP Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford MP and my colleague Brendan O’Hara MP who raised the issue in the Commons.

“I will continue to engage with RBS to convey the importance of this branch to my constituents.

“The branch in Inveraray must work locally to increase usage and the bank at national level needs to take actions to underpin that process.   The need of the community for the branch will not diminish so ways must be found to build footfall and transactions. I will be making those points when I meet RBS at senior level again shortly.”


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