Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has today welcomed news that the Royal Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes across the UK including in the Reading West constituency. Following a successful trial in Northampton and Leicester last year, 1,400 parcel postboxes will be rolled out across 38 towns and cities in total.
The launch marks the first major change in postbox usage in its 160 year history. The parcel postboxes will enable small businesses and marketplace sellers to post pre-paid parcels outside regular office hours, using Royal Mail’s Click&Drop online labelling system, through postboxes in the same way they currently post letters.
The first phase of the launch will see pre-existing meter postboxes converted to accept small and medium sized parcels. This innovation will make it both safe and convenient for small businesses and marketplace sellers to use.
There are four-meter postboxes in Reading West that will be converted. These are:
Alok Sharma said: “It is great to see that Royal Mail is investing in its network to meet the growing demand for parcels and I would be interested in feedback on this issue from my constituents.”
David Gold, Director of Public Affairs and Policy said: “We hope this initiative will offer a significant benefit to those of your constituents who wish to send parcels to their customers”.