Bank of Scotland has been urged to “think again” before closing a busy branch in the centre of Dundee.
Age Scotland has said elderly people could suffer as a result of the bank’s decision to close its Nethergate branch, which was announced last week.
It is part of a series of closures including branches in Kirriemuir, Glasgow and Paisley.
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s chief executive, said a diminishing number of branches could prove detrimental to older people – highlighting that 67% of over-75s do not use the internet so cannot use online banking.
He said he even heard of one case where a pensioner was forced to make a two-hour journey on a pair of buses to reach her nearest branch.
He said: “This is really disappointing news, though unfortunately, it’s not surprising.
“Bank branches of all the large high street names have been closing at an alarming rate.
“Although three- quarters of Scotland’s older population is already connected, a substantial proportion are not – and this number rises with age.”
A spokesman for the Bank of Scotland said: “All branches announced for closure have a post office nearby, so customers can still access their banking locally.”