Victory for Bank campaigners in Barra

The Isles' MP has campaigned hard to save the Castlebay branch.
The Isles' MP has campaigned hard to save the Castlebay branch.

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil had welcomed the announcement that the Castlebay Branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland has been saved.

Mr MacNeil has been at the forefront of the campaign to save the Castlebay Branch and secured and hosted a visit to Barra by the Economic Secretary to HM Treasury, John Glen MP.

Commenting on the news, he said: “This is indeed very good news for the Isle of Barra and a victory for common sense.

“I am pleased that the Johnston Carmichael review agreed that there are exceptional circumstances in Barra which means that this branch should remain open and that the RBS have accepted this recommendation.”

“I am delighted for RBS customers and the staff in Barra who provide such a valuable service.

“A cloud has been lifted from the island economy and now visitors and locals alike will keep proper bank services on Barra.”