HSBC says it is to close 62 bank branches by the end of 2017.

Some will close in the summer while others will remain open until the end of the year.

The banking giant had already earmarked a total of 55 branches for closure, meaning a total of 117 will disappear in 2017. This is in addition to the 222 that were shut last year. 

The bank says it's making the changes as more people are doing their day-to-day banking online, with the number of customers visiting its branches falling by half in the last five years.

Francesca McDonagh, HSBC's head of retail banking, said: "Fewer people are using branches. More than 90% of our interactions with customers are now through our digital channels - an increase from 80% last year."

Which? figures reveal that HSBC has closed over a quarter of its branches in the past two years, the most of any bank. 

Around 180 staff are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the latest move, although HSBC says it hopes to redeploy affected workers.

Which HSBC branches are closing?

The 62 latest branches to close are:

Alfreton

Horncastle

Alnwick

Keswick

Ammanford

Kidlington

Balsall Common

Kirkbymoorside

Bedworth

Knighton

Blackpool, Birley Street

Leyburn

Bletchley

Llanrwst

Brigg

Ludlow

Bristol College Green

Maesteg

Brompton Road

Manchester University

Cardiff, Churchill Way

Marlborough

Carlisle, Kingstown Road

Midsomer Norton

Carterton

Narberth

Castle Bromwich

Newquay

Castle Donington

Redruth

Chase Terrace

Rickmansworth

Chesham

Shaftesbury Avenue

Chipping Norton

Stokesley

Cobham

Swinton

Consett

Syston

Cosham

Team Valley

Easingwold

Thorne

Ferndown

Totton

Finchley Church End

Warminster

Fishguard

Warwick

Gerrards Cross

Wath Upon Dearne

Haslemere

Wembley Park

Hedon

West Byfleet

Hemsworth

Willenhall

Holyhead

Wood Green

Holywell

Worle

[Read more: Revealed: the banks closing the most branches]

What you can do now

The closures coincide with a new industry-wide agreement between major banks and the Post Office.

Now 99% of personal banking customers and around three-quarters of business customers are able to use the Post Office for essentials like cashing cheques and withdrawing cash.

The Post Office offers services on behalf of HSBC, First Direct, Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest Bank, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide Building Society, TSB, Barclays Bank, Danske Bank, Allied Irish Bank, Virgin Money, Co-op Bank, Metrobank, Handelsbanken Clydesdale Bank, APS, ThinkMoney, Yorkshire Bank and CAF.

You’ll automatically be eligible to bank at your nearest branch, so there’s no need to sign up or register.

The Post Office has 11,600 branches across the UK – find your nearest with the Post Office branch finder.

Or you always have the option to switch to a bank which has a branch near you.

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Ongoing trend

Last week, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks announced 79 branch closures, while the Yorkshire Banking Group has completely done away with the Norwich & Peterborough (N&P) arm.

A total of 28 branches will be closing this year, all N&P current accounts will be closed and the brand will be abolished.