Barclays no longer banking on Bedminster

March 02 2020

First opened in 1923, the closure of Barclays in East Street will leave the nearest available Barclays branches as either Clifton or Broadmead, with no branches in South Bristol at all.

by Marcus Stone
After nearly a century in Bedminster, Barclays has announced the closure of its East Street branch, which comes into effect on 3rd April.
While the branch quotes declining branch visits and more and more customers using online services, this decision doesn’t consider the high number of elderly or disadvantaged customers in the area who may not have the confidence or access to online services. It also overlooks a possible boost in customer numbers with the regeneration plans for Bedminster. However, the bank does say that customers can use local Post Office branches for ‘everyday transactions’.
First opened in 1923, the closure of Barclays in East Street will leave the nearest available Barclays branches as either Clifton or Broadmead, with no branches in South Bristol at all.
The bank is running free ‘Tea and Teach’ sessions at the East Street branch for those wanting to make the move to online banking, and offers both group and one-to-one sessions. All staff are being offered positions in other branches.
Rebecca Northey, Market Director for Barclays Bristol, said: “The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. At Barclays' Bedminster branch, customer usage has continued to fall by over a third, and 89% of our customers now use telephone and online banking, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close it.”