Christina Portrait
Closures set to impact Hamilton and Larkhall branches
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are set to close two of their branches within the Hamilton, Larkhall and stonehouse constituency , with offices in Hamilton’s Cadzow Street and Larkhall set to be impacted. 

RBS, who reamain parted owned by the taxpayer following the 2008 UK Government bailout, posted profits of £939 million in the first 6 months of 2017. The closures are set to take place in late June 2018.

Local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie has condemned the decision of RBS, describing the decision as ‘deeply disappointing’. 

Commenting, the SNP MSP said: 

“This is deeply disappointing news and I know the effect this will have on my constituents, many of whom still prefer to pop into their local branch to do their banking. 

“Whilst branch use has decreased over the years and more and more customers make use of mobile banking, RBS have a responsibility to cater for all customers – including those who prefer to have their branch localwithin the community. 

“I will be writing to RBS Chief Executive, Ross McEwan and the local branch managers of my constituency to seek an urgent meeting. 

“The protection of jobs and services within my constituency remains absolutely imperative and I will keep all my constituents informed as we try to find a solution to the closures.