New Cross Barclays to close

Reader James writes:

We've just had a letter from Barclays saying the New Cross Gate branch is closing on September 27 this year. Letter has no explanation as to why, just states that the nearest branch from now on will be Deptford. 

Here's hoping that: 1) They keep the cash machine as it's the only free one in the area (next closest is a hike up to Sainsbury's) 2) It doesn't turn into a bookies...

Local bank branches help attract footfall to an area, as well as serving a useful function, so this is a bit of a blow for New Cross. Hopefully, something interesting will replace it.