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Opening hours at three Powys NatWest branches are cut

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NatWest plans to cut hours at three branches

NatWest is cutting its opening hours at three small branches, but the decision has been met with opposition.

The banking group said the move in the Powys towns of Montgomery, Llanidloes and Llanfair Caereinion was a response to falling customer demand.

But residents have launched a petition objecting to it.

NatWest said the decision had not been taken lightly and there were ATMs at its branches in Llanidloes and Llanfair Caereinion.

A bank spokeswoman added: "The decision to reduce the hours at Llanidloes, Montgomery and Llanfair Caereinion branches has not been taken lightly, but is a response to falling customer demand at these branches.

"ATMs remain available at Llanfair Caereinion and Llanidloes branches, providing access to cash and account services. Any customers needing to visit a branch outside the revised hours can do so at Welshpool and Newtown. The Welshpool branch is open on Saturdays.

"Customers also have 24-hour access to our telephone and online banking facilities."

The new opening hours will be introduced on 21 June.

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