Personal Finances

30th January 2019

Bank Branch Closures

Advice on bank branch closures. 


At the end of 2018, over 43% of bank branches that were available in 2010 in Northern Ireland, will have closed. 200 bank branches will remain.

In January 2019 Santander Bank announced it will close branches in Antrim, Ballymoney and Belfast (Newtownards Road). 


What should you do if affected by a bank branch closure?

Think carefully about your banking needs and preferences; then contact your bank directly to discuss how those needs can be met post closure. 

If the alternative forms of banking, like online or telephone banking, do not meet your needs, you may want to look at switching bank account and/or provider. For more information visit our Comparing and Switching Bank Account info.

Financial Services Maps 2018

In collaboration with Ordnance Survey NI, the Consumer Council has developed a series of maps that highlight the financial services that remain in areas affected by a branch closure in 2018. These include Post Offices, cash machines, credit unions and other banks.

Click on the links below to access the financial services maps for the following areas:

Have you tried our Current Account Comparison Tool?

We always recommend that consumers check that their bank account is working for them and provides the best overall deal and service. The Consumer Council has developed a current account price comparison table to help consumers compare current account products currently available in Northern Ireland.