Pontypridd MP deeply concerned about impact of Barclays Pontypridd closure

Written by on 10th August 2023

Alex Davies-Jones, the Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, is deeply concerned about the impact Barclays’ decision to close its Pontypridd town centre branch will have on local people who use the branch regularly.

The branch is the only Barclays left in Alex’s Pontypridd constituency which offers face to face everyday banking services, following closures in Tonyrefail and, more recently, Talbot Green. Users of the branch are now faced with a much longer journey to Blackwood or Cardiff to access cashier services or bank face to face.

In June this year Barclays, in their ‘reasons for closure Merthyr Tydfil’ document, advertised the Taff Street branch as ‘other place you can bank’. They said, ‘this branch may be closing, but there are other places where you can still do your banking in person’, where the Barclays branch on Taff Street was listed.

Commenting on the news, Alex Davies-Jones said:

“The loss this represents for our community simply cannot be understated. Sadly, Taff Street Barclays is just the latest high street bank to close. In doing so they are abandoning hundreds of residents who depend on this branch for face-to-face banking.

“We have already lost Lloyds in Church Village, Barclays and Lloyds in Tonyrefail and Barclays and HSBC in Talbot Green. Now, residents will lose yet another vital banking branch, with many already having to travel considerable distances to access this branch given the previous closures.

“This simply isn’t good enough and my constituents deserve better. I will be making urgent representations to Barclays to convey the considerable anger this has caused in our community. I urge all constituents who will be affected by this to get in touch to share what this closure means for them.”

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