Post Office agrees to Rishi Sunak's demand for longer Northallerton opening hours

Rishi Sunak MP has welcomed a Post Office announcement that a relocated branch in Northallerton will be open an extra nine-and-a-half hours a week.

The Post Office announced today that it intends to press ahead with a consultation on moving the branch from its current premises at 156 High Street to WH Smith at 190 High Street.

The relocated store would be open on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and for an extra half hour on Tuesday morning – times when the current Post Office is closed.

The Richmond MP had written to the Post Office urging it to extend opening hours should the relocation proposal proceed.

He said: “If the branch is to move, it is important that customers see an improvement in the service and I am glad that the Post Office has acted on my suggestion. Saturday afternoon and Sunday opening is something I am sure customers will welcome.”

Mr Sunak said he would continue to press the Post Office to ensure access to the post office counters within the WH Smith premises was appropriate.

“I have told the Post Office that the current layout of the WH Smith store is cramped and will need remodelling to ensure the elderly and disabled can get to the counters. I will continue to press the Post Office, and WH Smith, on this point.”

Post Office Ltd has announced the consultation on the the detail of the relocation proposal – principally the access arrangements - will open today (Jan 23) and close on March 6.