TSB has announced the closure of a further 70 branches, including two in Sussex, amid rising numbers of customers switching to online banking.

The bank's branch in Terminus Road in Eastbourne and in Springfield Court in Horsham will both close in May of next year.

It follows another closure in West Street in Brighton in June, with the latest planned closures amounting to a quarter of its total outlets.

Combined with a wave of closures over the last two years, the company will now have just 220 branches by the end of June 2022, down from 475 just 14 months ago.

The closures will result in 150 fewer jobs, but staff who work at the affected branches will be found new work elsewhere within the bank.

TSB's chief customer officer Robin Bulloch said: "Closing branches is an incredibly difficult decision to take, but we have to respond to the changes in the way people bank and provide the right mix of services for all our customers now and into the future.

"These changes allow us to maintain an extensive branch presence across the country. They are accompanied by a significant investment programme to upgrade branches to better suit customer needs."

They added that more "pop-up services" will be introduced in communities where it takes longer to get to the nearest branch.

The news follows in the wake of other branch closures announced by other banks, with Santander, Virgin Money and Lloyds Banking Group all planning to shut outlets over the last year.

TSB continue to have a branch in Brighton in Western Road, as well as outlets in Burgess Hill, Crawley, Worthing and Chichester.

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