REVEALED: London has lost almost a quarter of it’s high-street ATMs in response to Covid-19

A new report by UK merchant payment provider, Dojo, part of the Paymentsense brand, has revealed the extent to which Britain’s high streets are losing their ATM’s and which UK cities are the most affected.

London has lost almost a quarter of its ATM’s during the pandemic
London lost a staggering 192 machines during the pandemic, meaning that as there are now only 638 ATM’s in the city, with a population of almost 9.5 million people, one cash machine would need to serve 14,583 people.

The report found that between January 2019 and September 2020 the number of cash machines in Britain dropped from 62,967 to 55,674, a decrease of 7,293, with an average of over 340 machines disappearing from high streets every month.

Over 340 ATMs close on the UK high street every month in the face of coronavirus

City/Town

ATM Jan 2019

ATM Sep 2020

ATM decline (No.)

ATM rate of decline (%)

York

63

45

-18

-28.57%

Edinburgh

104

79

-25

-24.04%

London

830

638

-192

-23.13%

Belfast

90

72

-18

-20.00%

Brighton

78

63

-15

-19.23%

Glasgow

336

272

-64

-19.05%

Leeds

63

51

-12

-19.05%

Cardiff

197

162

-35

-17.77%

Nottingham

201

166

-35

-17.41%

Bath

104

87

-17

-16.35%

Cambridge

124

104

-20

-16.13%

Newcastle

81

68

-13

-16.05%

Birmingham

131

110

-21

-16.03%

Leicester

198

167

-31

-15.66%

Bristol

244

207

-37

-15.16%

Hull

83

71

-12

-14.46%

Sheffield

216

186

-30

-13.89%

Lincoln

136

120

-16

-11.76%

Huddersfield

147

130

-17

-11.56%

Rotherham

100

89

-11

-11.00%

While London comes in third, the city of York tops the list having seen its number of ATMs dropping from 63 in January of 2019 to just 45 in September 2020. This is a decline of 18 or almost 29%. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, ranked second with a 24% fall in the number of ATMs.

Sheffield is the city with the fewest ATMs per percentage of the population

Despite a population of over 730,000, making it the fourth-largest city in the country, Sheffield is the place in the UK with the least amount of cash machines per capita with one cash machine for every 3925 residents.

Free to use ATM machines declining at a faster rate than those that charge

Although the elderly and those on low incomes are the most reliant on ATM technology, the number of free to use machines is dropping at a faster rate than those which charge a usage fee. These particular cash machines which are less financially viable are often the ones to first disappear ahead of those that charge a fee to use meaning more members of the public are left with less choice of where to go to take out their money.

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