High Streets Initiative · 1 November 2018

High street ATMs could be history in less than 20 years

ATMs are disappearing at a rate of 3, 600 per year.
A new study has predicted that the death of the bank branch and the cash machine will come before the middle of this century and local businesses must be ready.

ATMs could disappear from UK high streets in just 19 years, according to new research from Expert Market, a comparison site for card payment systems.

The company used data from the House of Commons, the LINK cash machine network, and Which? to determine the average annual decrease in the number of ATMs and bank branches in the country. Based on projections of these averages, the study claims that ATMs will vanish from the high street by 2037, and bank branches will follow suit in 2041.

There are already 3, 000 communities in Britain that no longer have a single bank, mostly in rural areas, according to the Post Office. Meanwhile, ATMs are being removed at a rate of 3, 600 per year.

Expert Market’s investigation also found that cash payments are declining, with only 8.7 billion cash payments expected for 2026 down 43% from 2016. The company insists that local traders need to future-proof? their operations by installing card payment systems.



Jennifer is a reporter for Business Advice.