To celebrate the launch of the new-look Goole Post Office, Andrew ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony last Friday.
As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, the upgraded Goole Post Office at Hedley Court now has six counter positions, a mixture of two traditional screened and three open plan positions plus a Post Office serving point at the retail counter that is available throughout shop opening hours.
Customers will also benefit from extended opening hours with this Post Office now open from 08:30-17:30 Monday and 09:00-17:30 Tuesday to Saturday. This is an extra five hours service on Saturday afternoons.
The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephone services.
Andrew Percy says: "I welcomed the news that Goole Post Office was to be modernised as part of a major investment programme. The Post Office is vital to the community in Goole and I'm sure that the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by residents in the town.
"The last Labour Government closed down more than 6000 Post Offices including a number in our area. When they did this, local communities very often lost their remaining village shop too. I am proud that this Government has scrapped that closure plan and is now investing £1.7 billion in protecting and improving the network.
"There is more to do of course and postmasters and postmistresses tell me they would like the Government to move more quickly on its promise to increase access to Government services at our Post Offices.”
Steve Bruckshaw, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, adds: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Goole and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
He added, “This investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”