Physical banking is becoming a thing of the past across the UK, with fewer and fewer people visiting the high street to do their banking.

Recent data suggests that around 54 banks have closed each month in the UK since 2015.

According to data from consumer watchdog Which?, around 5,791 branches have closed since January 2015.

This alarming rate is set to continue in 2024 with major lenders confirming multiple closures.

A significant number of banks in Cumbria have been forced to officially close their doors in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, when more and more people made the switch to online banking.

Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and the Border recently gave his support to a campaign seeking to change rules around banking hubs in a bid to protect local banking services.

Three banks in Penrith, consisting of a Lloyd's, Barclays and Halifax, are also set to close their doors this year, while a Barclays in Cockermouth is set to shut in early 2025.

Halifax will also shut its branch on King Street and Roper Street in Whitehaven on April 9. 

Here are some of the notable bank closures in Cumbria in the past few years.

Barclays Rosehill branch closed its doors in November 2021 due to a significant decrease in footfall.

HSBC in Whitehaven is one of the many branches across the country that closed back in September 2022. 

NatWest on Lowther Street in Whitehaven also closed its doors in March 2023.

Barclays closed their long-standing bank on Finkle Street in Workington back in October 2022.

However, it is not all bad news, with the banking hub that was opened in Maryport in November last year proving to be a success, as it allows customers to visit a number of different banks under one roof.