Sheffield to get one of UK’s first Royal Mail parcel post boxes

Sheffield is to get one of the first Royal Mail parcel post boxes in Britain.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, 10:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, 3:06 pm
The Royal Mail is introducing parcel post boxes. (Photo: Royal Mail).

The company has said 1,400 of the new postboxes will be installed across the country in more than 30 locations over a six-month period, starting in August, with Sheffield among the first places to get one.

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Customers will be able to post parcels in the same way that they currently post a letter, provided that postage has been pre-paid using Royal Mail's own online labelling service.

Existing letter postboxes were introduced in the 1850s and Royal Mail said the new move represented the first major change in the system since then.

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"The launch of parcel postboxes is also one of the biggest innovations in parcels since the launch of Parcel Post in 1883," it added.

Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said: "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."

People will also be able to return parcels using the system, as long as they have a Royal Mail barcode attached.

The full list of locations is:

Leeds

Newcastle & Tyneside

Sheffield

Warrington

Swindon

Nottingham

Romford

Manchester

Preston

London Central

Birmingham

Chelmsford

Chester

Greenford

Glasgow

Edinburgh

Bristol

Croydon

Poole

Aberdeen

Southampton

Belfast

Peterborough

Plymouth

Cardiff

Norwich

Swansea

Bournemouth

Exeter

Truro

Inverness

Carlisle