ONE of Malvern's bank branches closes its doors for the final time today.

We previously reported how Barclays was preparing to close its branch in the town.

Today (August 12) is the last day of the bank being physically open in the town, leaving customers having to travel 7.7 miles to Ledbury.

Despite the closure, banking provision is still available at the town's Post Offices.

A Federation of Sub-Postmasters spokesman said: "This will doubtless be disappointing to Barclays customers in Great Malvern.

"However, alternative banking provision is available to local residents at post office branches nearby."

The nearest post offices to the closing Barclays bank, Great Malvern branch are:

1 Abbey Road

Malvern

1 Court Road

Barnards Green

Malvern

265-267 Pickersleigh Road

Malvern

Each of these branches offers banking services - including deposits, free cash withdrawals and balance checks, as well as offering face-to-face access to government services, bill payment, foreign currency, travel insurance and, of course, postal services.

There are currently 2,000 free-to-use ATMs installed across the UK post office network also.

We previously reported how town figures including former mayor Neil Morton and West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin had condemned the plans.

In response, a Barclays spokesman said: "The decision to close a branch is never an easy one.

"However, customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking.

"As a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.

"This is reflected at the Great Malvern branch where there has been a 22 per cent reduction in counter transactions in the two years to March 2020.

"In addition, 86 per cent of our customers at the branch are also using different ways to bank.

"We will work with our customers and provide alternative options to ensure they can continue to manage their money and receive financial expertise when required."