THE Royal Mail delivery office in Portsmouth is opening on Sundays as part of a pilot scheme.
Last weekend, the office – which stores parcels that have not been delivered because the householder was out – began its seven-days-a-week hours.
It is part of a national scheme involving the 100 delivery offices with the highest parcel volumes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Viktor Tsvetanov, a spokesman for Royal Mail said: ‘The pilot for Sunday delivery office openings will continue until early next year and will cover the busy Christmas period.
‘We will make a further announcement in the new year on the future of this service based on how useful our customers find it.
‘We will make decisions when we have evaluated the outcome.
‘The programme builds on the range of initiatives we have already introduced to make it easier for people to receive their parcels.
‘We have launched Delivery to Neighbour and Click and Collect initiatives and almost half of our delivery offices are already open later on a Wednesday evening to enable people to collect items.’
A major refurbishment has just taken place at the delivery office in Slindon Street.
The branch has been modernised as part of a multi-million pound investment programme.
There are new open-plan counters, as well as a counter to accept mail and four new self-service kiosks.
The branch now has two private consultation rooms where customers can speak to advisors about financial services products.
As reported in The News, Royal Mail announced plans to close the processing centre in Slindon Street, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.
The delivery office is open from noon to 4pm on Sundays.