UK banking group HBOS has taken the first steps towards completing its promise to open 100 new free-to-use ATM machines in poor and rural areas within the UK.
Following HBOS’s pledge to open 100 free ATMs across Scotland and northern England, the banking group has confirmed the planned location of the next 10 ATM locations.
The group says the new ATMs will be sited in areas where there are currently only surcharging machines. Subject to planning permissions and site availability, five sites will be opened in Scotland and a further five in the north of England.
The ATMs, which will cater for approximately 70 of the most deprived areas in the UK, will be located in East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh North and Leith, Dundee. Glasgow, Fife, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Blackpool, Rochdale, Barnsley and Oldham. Each machine will be labeled with green sticker to show it’s fee-free.
The move follows a report published by the Citizens Advice Bureau in July, 2006, which revealed that fee-charging ATMs in the UK are often the only choice in deprived or rural areas where banks and building societies have withdrawn free services.