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Bishopthorpe Post Office to Move Into Maynews Store

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2:30pm 7th July 2014

The Post Office is proposing to move Bishopthorpe Post Office from its current location to create a modern open-plan local-style branch with extended opening hours.

Post Office local is a new concept for delivering Post Office services and the new Bishopthorpe branch will offer Post Office products and services from an open-plan till at the shop counter alongside retail transactions throughout shop opening hours instead of from a separate screened counter.

The proposed new location for the branch is Maynews, 26 Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2QQ. This is 400 metres from its current 25-27 Main Street site and the Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six-week public consultation.

Should the move go ahead, the branch would open from 7am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 7am to 12:30pm on Sunday. This would offer an extra 26 hours of Post Office service every week.

The proposed move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.

Post Office Regional Network Manager for Central England Adrian Wales said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Bishopthorpe and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

He added: “This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.

Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.

During the public consultation, Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal. The consultation will close on 12 August 2014. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Customers can also share their views online through the quick and easy questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 162349.

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