Post office loss ‘a blow’, says MP
19 October, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Trafalgar Square post office
TRAFALGAR Square post office will shut for good with weeks to go before Christmas.
A consultation has been launched on how postal services can be improved in the West End after the Crown service is gone.
In a blog, Cities of London and Westminster MP Mark Field said: “This news will come as a blow to local residents and small businesses alike who depend on the its services, not least around the busy Christmas period.
“It is, of course, regrettable that no viable alternative to the branch’s permanent closure could be found, but I am encouraged by the Post Office’s commitment to re-establishing a presence in the area before long.”
Meanwhile Mr Field said he was pleased that Marylebone residents would be getting a new branch.
The Post Office is due to open at the Fruit Garden health shop in Melcombe Street, in early November.
A letter to residents from “network change manager” Anthony Rollason said: “The service will be one of our local style branches with a low-screened open plan Post Office service point carefully integrated into the retail counter. The new service will offer longer opening hours, with the post office opening hours in line with the retail businesses.”
Crown post offices are large high street branches that are run directly by the Post Office.
The CWU, which campaigns against closures across the country, said the changes were unnecessary as the Post Office is due to break even this year.
The Post Office has been shutting down Crown post offices across the country for more than two years in what it describes as a process of “modernising our branch network”. But there have been questions over the management of the company since its split from Royal Mail Group in 2012.