More free-to-use cash machines will be installed in c-stores and CTNs thanks to a joint initiative between the National Federation of Retail Newsagents and HSBC.

The scheme is part of government plans to provide machines in low-income areas. More than 1,700 areas have been identified, with more than 600 existing fee-charging ATMs set to be replaced by free machines.

Forty-three NFRN members have already had free-to-use cash machines installed as part of the initiative.

"This scheme will provide significant benefits for our members as well as providing the local community with a tremendously valuable service," said Graeme Collins, head of marketing and business development at NFRN.

"Customers will be able to conveniently withdraw cash free of charge and retailers can expect to see tangible returns such as increased footfall and higher sales."