HBOS announces 10 ATM sites

16 August 2006
Halifax and the Bank of Scotland banking group (HBOS) has made good on its promise to begin installing free-to-use cash machines in some of the UK's least affluent areas, announcing the sites of its next ten ATMs.

Last month's announcement that the company would be installing fee-free machines where there were currently none in operation was widely acknowledged as a positive step for free banking in the UK.

The new ATMs, pending confirmation of planning permission and site availability, will be placed in Milton, East Dunbartonshire; Kenton in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Pilton, Edinburgh North and Leith; Ardler in Dundee; Dalmarnock, Glasgow; Leven West/Methil in Fife; Claremount in Blackpool; Balderstone, Rochdale; Brierley in Barnsley; and Alexandra in Oldham.

Through all ten of the ATMs, the new machines will cater for approximately 70 of the most deprived areas in the UK where there are currently no free-to-use cash points.

Shane O'Riordain, general manager at HBOS, said: "These new ATMs will further help people in these socially deprived areas. Our cash machines will be available to use free of charge."

As with all HBOS machines, they will be clearly labelled with a green sticker to show they will not levy a charge.

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