Royal Mail bringing parcel postboxes to Leeds

Royal Mail is launching parcel postboxes in Leeds.

Monday, 20th May 2019, 12:29 pm
A parcel postbox (Photo: PA).

The move follows a successful trial and marks the first major change in the use of postboxes in 160 years.

The UK's first parcel postboxes enable small businesses and other sellers to post pre-paid parcels in the same way they currently post letters.

They will also allow customers to post some barcoded returns parcels back at any time.

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The parcel postboxes are being introduced later this year in locations across the country including Leeds, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Cardiff.

Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said: "The wide-scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we are looking to make the lives of our customers easier.

"The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours."

Royal Mail said the boxes will be rolled out across the country, starting in August.