James Brokenshire has welcomed the introduction of the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes being rolled out in his constituency of Old Bexley and Sidcup.
The launch marks the first major change in postbox usage in its 160 year history. The parcel postboxes will enable small businesses and marketplace sellers in Old Bexley and Sidcup to post pre-paid parcels using Click&Drop® through postboxes in the same way they currently post letters.
The first phase of the launch will see pre-existing meter postboxes, which include a wider opening and secure design converted to accept small and medium sized parcels. There are four meter postboxes in the constituency that will be converted:
- Ruxley Corner Industrial Estate, Edgington Way Business Box, DA14 5BL
- Sidcup High Street, Sidcup Post Office Business Box, DA14 6DW
- Halfway Street, Sidcup Delivery Office Business Box, DA15 8LG
- Bellegrove Road Business Box, DA16 3PA
Commenting on the introduction of parcel postboxes, James said:
“The introduction of parcel postboxes in the constituency is very welcome news and offers flexibility and convenience for small local businesses and online sellers to send parcels to their customers, particularly those who run a business in their spare time and not in regular office hours.”
“Given the upcoming temporary closure of Sidcup Post Office, I am pleased that people will also be able to return parcels using this system as long as they have a Royal Mail barcode as I know that this is a service which is frequently used in the branch.”