The biggest change for the humble postbox in over 160 years.
Royal Mail have reacted to the change in how we use their service and have announced that they will be trialling the first ever parcel postboxes in the UK. These parcel postboxes will make it easier for you to post your parcels in the same way you post letters.
The trial will consist of 30 parcel postboxes being intalled in various around Northampton and Leicester until 5 November.
So, how to use the parcel postboxes?
If you live near one of the 30 parcel postboxes you can use these to drop off your parcels, all you need to do is make sure you've already applied the right postage to the item.
You will be able to buy postage online for parcels with Click & Drop.
Are they secure?
The postboxes have a larger opening to accommodate parcels and have been specially designed to be secure.
This trial is welcome news to customers who post a lot or sell items regularly online, making it easy for you to post your parcels safely and conveniently,
There are 17 parcel postboxes in Northampton and 13 in Leicester. At the end of the trial, Royal Mail will be reviewing feedback and making a decision on whether to introduce more parcel postboxes across the UK.
A couple of little fact about postboxes
Did you know the first ever UK postboxes were trialled in Jersey in 1852? They were subsequently rolled out across the UK in 1853 by Anthony Trollope, the novelist and senior GPO executive.
Post Boxes and Pillar Boxes are traditionally finished with the latin initials of the current reigning King or Queen. Modern boxes are cast with EIIR, while many older post boxes and pillar boxes can be still be seen up and down the country emblazoned with initials such as VR (Queen Victoria), GR (King George V), GVIR (King George VI) or the very ornate Edward VII scroll.
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