McAlpine welcomes reprieve for RBS Gretna branch

MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the decision by RBS to keep its Gretna branch open until at least the end of 2018 – followed by an independent review.

Ms McAlpine has been lobbying RBS bosses to reverse closures in the region. 

She says the decision to close the branches is a betrayal to loyal customers and communities.

RBS bosses had previously said that they would not reconsider the decision – but lobbying from the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has softened their position.

She said:

“It is welcome news that the Gretna branch will be open until at least the end of 2018.

“The decision seems to have been made because if the Gretna branch closes, there will be no other Royal Bank branch within a nine mile radius. 

“It is to the credit of SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford that RBS have softened their position on at least some closures.

“However, RBS is taxpayer owned, and it is about time the Secretary of State for Scotland was lobbying the bank to stop these closures completely.”