The closure of five Royal Bank of Scotland branches in Perth and Kinross – Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Perth’s South Street, Comrie and Kinross – has been greeted with anger.
The closures are part of a wider tranche of branch closures totalling around 80 branches in Scotland.
Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, said he was “hugely disappointed” by the news and the impact it would have locally.
“The announcement that both Highland Perthshire branches are to close will be devastating for personal banking customers but will be a substantial loss for business banking customers who rely on counter service to operate,” said the SNP politician.
“In terms of the South Street closure in Perth. I am dismayed that RBS think it is a positive step to close the only branch in the city centre.
“This branch is used by locals, businesses and visitors and I cannot see many of them wanting to make the trip out to Dunkeld Road to conduct their business.”
Mr Wishart said the closures would “contribute further to the withering of amenities in our town and city centres”.