ROYAL Bank of Scotland (RBS) branches across Cheshire are switching to Spanish bank Santander.
The change follows Santander’s £1.65bn acquisition of 318 RBS branches in England and Wales and seven NatWest sites in Scotland to appease European competition concerns.
Branches involved include sites in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Warrington, Nantwich, Knutsford, Wrexham, Wirral and Liverpool.
The RBS brand will disappear from high streets in England and Wales.
But both banks assured customers that any changes will not take place for another 12 to 18 months, while the sale process goes through.
When the sale is completed, the branches and any accounts included in the sale, will transfer to Santander.
Santander, which bought out the Abbey, Bradford & Bingley and Alliance & Leicester businesses, acquired the RBS network to boost its presence in the small and medium-sized business (SME) sector by increasing its market share from 3% to more than 8%.
Santander is one of the world’s largest financial services companies.