Royal Mail to launch UK’s first ever network of 1,400 parcel boxes

Published by Rachel Lacey on 20 May 2019.
Last updated on 21 May 2019

Posting parcels looks set to get easier from August as Royal Mail announces the launch of new parcel postboxes across the UK.

After a successful trial in 2018, Royal Mail will open 1,400 parcel postboxes over a six-month period, starting from August.

The postboxes will open in more than 30 towns and cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield as well as Chester, Warrington, Southampton, Norwich, Peterborough and Truro.

The change will enable individuals and small businesses to post parcels in the same way as they would post a letter.

Postage needs to be paid for in advance using Royal Mail’s online service. It will also be possible for consumers to post some bar-coded returns parcels without queuing up in a post office.

Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, says: “The wide scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking to make the lives of our customers easier.

"The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and 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.”

The introduction of the parcel postboxes is the first major change to the UK’s postbox system in 160 years.

The first postboxes opened in Jersey in 1852 and were rolled out across the UK the following year by Anthony Trollope, novelist and senior GPO executive. 

Here's the full list of where parcel boxes will be introduced:

*Aberdeen

* Belfast

* Birmingham

* Bournemouth

* Bristol

* Cardiff

* Carlisle

* Chelmsford

* Chester

* Croydon

* Edinburgh

* Exeter

* Glasgow

* Greenford

* Inverness

* Leeds

* London Central

* Manchester

* Newcastle

* Norwich

* Peterborough

* Poole

* Preston

* Plymouth

* Romford

* Sheffield

* Southamption

* Swansea

* Swindon

* Truro

* Warrington

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Another blow to local Post

Another blow to local Post Offices if spreads to rural areas - if nothing else will take the footfall away from businesses already struggling

I suppose they will be easier

I suppose they will be easier to steal than an ATM.