Borough may trial Sunday post deliveries

Royal Mail Sorting Office in Wigan
Royal Mail Sorting Office in Wigan

THE online shopping revolution could stamp an historic change on Wigan’s main parcel service.

Newly privatised Royal Mail has announced that it is to trial a Sunday afternoon service in the borough because of the boom in shopping via websites such as eBay.

And while the pilot parcel delivery programme will be restricted to the area between the capital and the M25, 100 parcels offices will now be staffed to offer a collect-only parcels service.

And the Hallgate-based depot is rumoured to be one of them up for consideration. Royal Mail said it was to trial a Sunday parcel delivery but it had yet to finalise which areas would be included.

Later this summer it is planning to open around 100 of its thousands of offices on a Sunday afternoon for customers to pick up their own parcels. Delivery offices with the highest parcel volume figures across the UK will take part.

A spokesman said that the support of the Communication Workers Union had allowed it to respond quickly to a changing market. Commercial rivals such as Hermes and TNT have announced similar proposals.

She said: “Through these new Sunday services we are exploring ways to improve our flexibility and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online.

Parcel Force World Wide, which is Royal Mail’s express delivery service handling larger and more valuable parcels, will also offer a Sunday service to retailers from next month. However it will be up to the retailer to decide whether to offer it to their customers.

A spokesman for the CWU said that the announcement about expanding delivery and collection services to seven-days-a-week was an “exciting innovation” which it welcomed.

He said: “We have worked closely with Royal Mail to develop how best we can go forward to grow the company together and improve the services for customers.”