Barclays is set to launch a mobile van after shutting the doors of its Hedge End branch.

The branch on Lower Northam Road permanently closed on Thursday, August 17, due to a decrease in footfall.

But following talks with the town's MP and Hedge End Town Council, the bank has agreed to provide face-to-face support and advice in the form of a mobile van.

Eastleigh MP, Paul Holmes, said: "It’s disappointing when banks in town centres close.

"I realise that many older and vulnerable constituents still need face to face appointments for help with their banking, that is why, following lobbying, Barclays have agreed to a regular pop-up service in Hedge End.

“While not ideal, I’m glad that some sort of service is still being provided.”

Staff at the mobile Barclays van will help residents open bank accounts, update customer details, pay bills and cash in cheques.

The van will be parked at Budgens Car Park in Hedge End from Wednesday November 22.

It will be there every Wednesday from 9.30am to 3pm.

It will also be at Hedge End retail park every Friday from 10am to 3pm.

The van will be accessible through online appointments with some drop-in sessions available on the day.

The latter are primarily for older residents who may not have access to the internet.