THE Wimborne NatWest store is set to close its doors after nearly a quarter of people stopped using it in the space of two years.

Customers’ nearest branch will be around four miles away, in Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, when the store closes on April 6, 2022.

A spokesperson for NatWest said: “As with many industries, most of our customers are shifting to mobile and online banking, because it’s faster and easier for people to manage their financial lives.

“We understand and recognise that digital solutions aren’t right for everyone or every situation, and that when we close branches we have to make sure that no one is left behind.

“We take our responsibility seriously to support the people who face challenges in moving online, so we are investing to provide them with support and alternatives that work for them.”

The company reported between 2017 and 2019, counter transactions for personal customers in the Wimborne branch decreased by 24 per cent.

The branch was used by 30 personal customers on a regular basis in 2019. In the same year, 59 per cent of personal customers using the branch also chose to use digital banking.