Britain's rush to a cashless future is accelerating as new figures show that cash registers are disappearing at 488 per month.

Nearly 500 ATMs were closed every four weeks between June and December, according to Link, which manages the ATM network. About half of these machines, 254, were free machines.

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The pace of ATM closures is also increasing, according to Link data. Nearly 4,700 machines were closed in 2018, compared with 1,400 the previous year.

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Notemachine Chief Executive Officer Peter McNamara said the number of machines in his business that could be used was in the range of less than 10%.

He said: "It's a publicity stunt, it will do very little."

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Jenni Allen said: "We are seriously concerned that the alarming rate of ATM and bank branch closures is leaving people struggling to access the cash they rely on.

"Cash is also a vital safeguard for the growing popularity of fallible digital payments – so the government needs to appoint a regulator to oversee these changes and ensure that no one is left behind and struggling in their daily lives. . "

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