villagers forced to drive 40 minutes to withdraw their money

Cash machine closures mean some people are now forced to drive 40 minutes or take 25-minute train journeys just to withdraw their own money without being charged, a new report reveals.

Britain lost 10pc of its free cash machines, or 5,334, between January 2018 and May 2019. Around 600 no-fee ATMs are closing every month.

A survey by Which? found that residents in Harlech, Wales, face a 25-minute train ride to get cash without being charged.

The region also has poor mobile data coverage, making online banking more difficult.

Those living in Tighnabruaich, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, must drive for 40 minutes to access a free machine. Those in Naseby, Northamptonshire, have to travel 20 minutes by bus.