A BANK branch has made the "difficult decision" to close for good.

HSBC in Droitwich revealed it would close officially on Tuesday, July 4 after 'careful evaluation'.

The move came as the bank said more people are choosing to bank online over using a physical branch to do their banking. 

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A detailed report on how people use the Droitwich branch in Victoria Square found that 361 individual customers used the branch in the last ten months and 153 businesses.

A spokesperson for HSBC said: "We continually review our branch network to ensure our branches are in the right locations, which reflect the long-term changes in how customers choose to bank with us.

"Retaining a sustainable branch network is extremely important to us, and we need to ensure it is fit for the future.

"Therefore, after careful evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close this branch on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

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"We are here to support you, and there will be plenty of other ways you can continue to do your banking with us."

The nearest HSBC bank to Droitwich will now be 6.44 miles away on Bromsgrove High Street. 

In November, HSBC announced it would be closing 114 branches across the UK in 2023.

HSBC found that nationally the number of people visiting had dropped by 65 per cent over the course of five years. 

It further revealed that nine in ten of its customers now transact via their phone, internet or smartphone, while 99 per cent of cash withdrawals are made at an ATM.

After the closure, there will be two remaining banks in Droitwich which will be Lloyds and Santander.