Former building society Halifax will this week start work on installing six hundred internet access points in branches across the country.

Targeting Halifax Online and Halifax Direct customers, the terminals will provide free access to their accounts. The initiative coincides with the launch this week of IF (Intelligent Finance), the mortgage bank’s new online-only service, although customers of the fledgling brand will not be able to access their accounts via the new terminals.

Halifax Online, launched in October 1999, already claims over 200,000 customers and the bank hopes that IF will attract a million new users over the next few years. Says David Walkden, Halifax Direct general manager: "This is all about bringing the Internet to the high street in a way that is convenient for all our customers."

News source: The Times (London)