Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent has become the first large town to lose all its free cash points after a string of major banks turned their backs on the high street.
After the town’s last remaining free ATM started charging for withdrawals in January, its 24,000 residents are now forced to choose between paying 95p and driving miles each time they want to access their own money.
It comes after local branches of Nationwide, NatWest and Lloyds have all shut in the last three years, and changes to the funding of independent cash points to led to hole-in-the-walls across the UK starting to charge or being removed.
Recent figures show that free ATM machines have been closed at an unprecedented rate in the UK – of around 250 a month – since the beginning of 2018.
Burslem was once home to the famous potter Josiah Wedgwood and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. It is also home to a number of celebrities including Robbie Williams.