Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is set to shut down nine branches in Edinburgh in a cost cutting drive.

The branches affected are located in Blenheim Place, Castle Street, Chesser, Comiston, Davidson Mains, Edinburgh University, Gilmerton, Juniper Green and Portobello.

The downsizing exercise will be executed between May and June of 2017.

The Unite union, which represents the British banking group’s employees, said that the move could impact 116 staff and put 45 jobs at risk.

Commenting on the move, a bank spokesman said: "We know that not all of our customers are comfortable and familiar with using online or mobile banking, so we have created a new specialist taskforce of digital experts who will be dedicated to supporting our customers with training and support with digital skills."

The bank, over 70% of which is owned by the taxpayer, operates a total of 17 branches in Edinburgh.