TSB has confirmed that it will close its Tranent branch on Wednesday, June 7, following what it described as a “careful and full review”.
The bank announced plans to shut 17 branches in Scotland last month, including the one on Tranent High Street.
The move was condemned by politicians, with both East Lothian MP George Kerevan and MSP Iain Gray calling for a rethink.
Last week, the bank confirmed that the closure would go ahead, after it said a review of services showed a nine per cent fall in customers using the branch, a 21 per cent drop in ATM withdrawals there and a 28 per cent increase in online and mobile banking.
A spokesperson for the bank said: “We’ve noticed the way our customers like to do their everyday banking is changing and we’ve used this information to help us decide what changes to make.”
A survey of use of the Tranent branch found that nine out of ten customers also used another branch or online, mobile or telephone banking to manage their accounts.
It said the bank had discussed the impact of the closure on customers identified as most vulnerable to losing the service, setting up appointments to help them access their accounts through alternative methods, as well as setting up an arrangement for personal customers to access services through the Post Office in Tranent.
The decision to close the Tranent branch of the TSB came just six months after Royal Bank of Scotland closed its Prestonpans branch, leaving the town without a single banking establishment.
It was described by Mr Kerevan, who convened a meeting at Westminster on Tuesday of MPS who were losing TSB branches in their constituency UK-wide, as bad for the town and bad for business.
He added: “ We are seeking an urgent meeting with the representative of the high street banks to demand a tightening of the rules governing branch closures.
“We want an end to the deliberate running-down of local branches.
“For TSB to brand itself a local bank and close its branch in Tranent is a contradiction in terms.”
And fellow politician Mr Gray said: “The closure of local bank branches is becoming a depressingly regular occurrence in East Lothian.”