New investment to support customers in remote communities
17 February 2014
Rural banking services are being boosted in Perth, Lerwick and Aberdeenshire with the launch of three replacement mobile branches supporting over 50 local communities across these regions.
The new vans will replace the three existing vehicles that together have driven over 200,000 miles covering a variety of local villages as well as schools, retirement homes community groups and worksites.
The Perth vehicle will be the first to arrive on location starting full service this week while Lerwick and Aberdeenshire will be receiving their new mobile branches early spring. All three vehicles will continue to operate the same time tables as the vehicles they are replacing.
Bank of Scotland MD Robin Bulloch said:
“Mobile branches provide a vital lifeline to customers in some of the most remote communities in Scotland and I am delighted we are continuing to invest in this crucial service. Many people living in rural areas across Scotland live miles from their nearest local branch and have limited access to transport. Having access to a mobile branch can make a real difference, giving people full control of their finances while ensuring financial inclusion.”
In addition to the vehicles in Perth, Lerwick and Aberdeenshire Bank of Scotland operates four other mobile branches in Brodick, Oban, Portree and Gairloch.
Bank of Scotland launched its first fleet of mobile banks in 1963 servicing rural communities in the Bathgate and Haddington areas.