EVESHAM'S branch of TSB appears safe from closure, but branches elsewhere will be closed down.

The banking giant revealed the full list of 82 branches to be closed around the country earlier this week.

Evesham, Worcester and Malvern were not on the list, but Pershore and Moreton-in-Marsh will both see their branches close down in May 2020.

Elsewhere in the region, Stourbridge (October) and Stroud (June) will both lose their branches.

Earlier this week, TSB announced that it was “slimming down” by closing 82 branches across the country.

Chief executive Debbie Crosbie said TSB is facing runaway costs and needs to take difficult decisions.

She said: “There is no doubt we have got challenges to face.

“Put simply, the biggest barrier for TSB’s future is that we’re much more expensive to run than our competition.”

She stressed the bank has around twice the number of branches per 10,000 customers as many of its rivals.

TSB customer banking director Robin Bulloch said: “We realise this is difficult news for our branch partners and will do everything to support those affected to offer voluntary redundancies and redeploy as many people as we can to other roles.”

Which? said nearly 3,400 bank branches have been closed since January 2015, not including the 82 that are set to be lost at TSB.

The hardest-hit area is the North West, it said, with the region losing 434 bank branches over the period.

Which? money editor Jenny Ross said communities will be hard hit by the branch closures as many still need traditional banking services.

She said: "Our research has found two-thirds of people would find life difficult without convenient access to a branch, while 11 million people lack the confidence to carry out basic banking tasks online.

"If banks want their customers to go online they must ensure they can deliver consistently reliable services - instead of the current rate of regular IT glitches that people endure.

"The next government should urgently intervene with legislation that protects access to cash as a vital back-up and for as long as it is needed."