SUNDERLAND’S main delivery office is to open seven days a week as part of a pilot scheme to help shoppers.
Royal Mail’s network of about 1,400 delivery offices is currently open six days a week, but 100 of the busiest ones will now open on Sundays, starting this weekend.
Sunderland Delivery Office, based at Sunderland Enterprise Park, will open between noon and 4pm.
The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.
Rob Jenson, Royal Mail operations director, said: “We are continuing to be more customer responsive and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online.
“I am delighted to pilot Sunday afternoon opening at around 100 of our delivery offices across the UK with the highest parcel volumes, including Sunderland.”
Meanwhile Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliot gave a new-look post office the stamp of approval.
The post office, in Benedict Road, Roker, has been given a makeover as part of nationwide plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours.
The Roker business is open from 5.50am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 6.50am to 9pm on Sunday.
Julie Elliot was on hand to to cut the ribbon and praise postmaster Badhar Singh.
She said: “I welcomed the news that Roker Post Office was to be modernised, to create a bright modern branch, and am delighted to congratulate Bahdar on his hard work and to formally declare the new branch open.
“The post office is vital to the community around this area of Sunderland, and I’m sure the new improved office, and the significantly longer opening hours, especially Sundays, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”