Royal Mail is trialling a new doorstep mail collection service for consumers, marking the first time that posties have collected letters and small parcels direct from customers while on their delivery rounds.
The trials will start in Rochdale and Bexleyheath this week, and in Purley and Urmston from next week; the scheme will last for two months.
Customers will be able to give First Class or Second Class stamped or online postage paid letters and small packets to their postie for delivery instead of taking them to a postbox or post office branch. They will also be able to hand over prepaid postage such as business replies and freepost items.
A special leaflet has been sent to every residential address in the trial areas detailing the service, however, all mail must to fit through a standard letterbox of 250mm x 50mm and the service is not yet available for business customers.
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has been working with Royal Mail in developing this new pilot service. After the two month trial period the new pilot service will be evaluated to assess whether there is demand for the service to be rolled out more widely.”
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