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Mobile banking in Rathfriland.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mobile banking in Rathfriland. thumbnailThe Bank on Wheels parked outside Ulster Bank yesterday (Monday).

THE Bank on Wheels, which will visit Rathfriland for 45 minutes a week when Ulster Bank closes, visited town yesterday (Monday), writes Louise McDowell.

It was the first day of the service set to offer a replacement when the town's last bank closes on 6 June.

However, customers have slammed the 45-minute service saying it is inadequate and poorly timed. It is due to visit Rathfriland every Monday between 2.15pm and 3pm.

Alderman Elizabeth Ingram is planning to enquire if the 45 minutes can be extended as local people are not happy with the time allocated.

"It's a very short time for people to go in and transact their business and I have, and will, continue to ask to have the time extended so people can avail of the services in their bank," she said.

In other towns and villages across Northern Ireland, the Bank on Wheels service visits for up to two hours.

Alderman Ingram also added that there will be a community banker available "within the next couple of weeks" and she would urge customers to bring their issues to him.

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