Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019

ATM near me: Full list of new LINK cash machines in UK | Personal Finance | Finance

LINK launched its Community Access to Cash Delivery Fund less than one month ago, and since the launch, it has received more than 100 applications for new ATMs. The requests have come from all corners of the country, from isolated rural communities to deprived urban areas and small towns all getting in touch.

Around a third of the UK’s bank branches have shut within the past five years alone, according to research from Which?.

The consumer campaigner said there were 3,303 bank branch closures between January 2015 and August 2019, with “hundreds more” that remain open having cut back opening hours.

The reduction in the size of the network has been slightly offset by the opening of 49 bank branches, Which? added.

John Howells, LINK CEO said “It’s great that we’ve had so much interest so far.

“Many of the applications show there are locations around the country where there is a cash access problem.

“We’ve already visited 10 of these locations and will be working hard to listen to every community that has got in touch.

“We want to hear from more communities that think they have an issue. Where there is a problem, LINK will take action.”

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In a bid to meet demand, LINK is now launching a dedicated website for applications and help.

Interested local communities are able to apply through their MP, local council, or request help directly from LINK for support for free access to cash.

When it comes to requesting a free-to-use cash machine, if the request meets the criteria, LINK says it will fund the new ATM directly.

The criteria which the request is required to fulfil considers the distance to the nearest free ATM, the availability of a Post Office, site security, and whether there is a suitable host location.

In August, LINK announced it was committing to protect free access to cash for every high street in the UK.

So far, 11 new ATMs will form part of a pilot scheme.


They will be funded with the support of LINK’s bank and building society members.

Which places are to get a free ATM?

  • Deal
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Margate
  • Middleton
  • Wilmslow
  • York
  • Battle
  • Bungay
  • Nuneaton
  • Tywyn in Wales
  • Durness in Scotland

Recently, three new ATMs have been installed in locations that had lost their free cash machine.

This includes a new ATM being installed in a retailer in the village of Ardington, Oxfordshire, as well as the opening of ATMs in a local pub in Elham, Kent, and a local petrol station in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Installing an ATM can have a different process according to its location.

LINK says that if it’s able to find a secure location, where the owner is willing to host the ATM, the process can take between three and six months to receive planning permission, install broadband, and tender the ATM contract.

Should it be located inside a building, such as at a retailer, pub, or petrol station, then planning permission is not needed, LINK says.

Last week, Barclays made a u-turn as the bank announced it had decided to continue offering cash withdrawal services at the Post Office.

It came after MPs, customers and consumer groups urged the bank to reverse its original decision to stop offering the full service at the Post Office from January 8 next year.

Barclays Group CEO, Jes Staley said: “Barclays announced on the 8th of October that we were changing the nature of our participation in the Post Office Banking Framework going forward, and the consequence of that change was that, from 8 January 2020, our customers would no longer be able to withdraw cash from the Post Office using a debit card.

“At the same time, we announced a comprehensive package of measures to ensure that none of our customers would be without access to cash.

“We are confident that those actions would ensure that all of our customers, vulnerable and otherwise, continue to have access to cash, and we believe that our plans will ultimately expand access to cash through, for example, the free to use retailer cashback scheme we are launching. We remain of that view, and this was confirmed for us in thousands of conversations with our customers in the past couple of weeks.

“Our decision, however, provoked a great deal of public and private debate. We have listened very carefully to points that have been made to us by Ministers in the Government, by MPs, and by interested charities and consumer advocates.

“Ultimately we have been persuaded to rethink our proposals by the argument that our full participation in the Post Office Banking Framework is crucial at this point to the viability of the Post Office network.

“Whilst we have concerns regarding the sustainability of relying on this model in the longer term, and want to work with Government and others to address the problems inherent in it, we recognise that the Post Office is a network valued by many communities in the UK today.

“So we have amended our position, and will now maintain a full service proposition in the Post Office for our customers, including cash withdrawals using a debit card, for the next three years.”

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