oak driveTo celebrate the launch of the new Oak Drive Post Office, Andrew Gwynne MP cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony.

As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, the modernised Oak Drive Post Office at Dawson’s Bakery, Denton, offers Post Office services from a new style open plan combi-counter which allows customers to access Post Office products and services alongside retail transactions.

The new-look Oak Drive Post Office is open from 07:00-17:30 Monday to Friday and Saturday 07:00-14:30. Customers also benefit from a wide range of Post Office services available at the new branch.

Andrew Gwynne MP said: 

“I welcomed the news that Oak Drive Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Christine on her hard work and to formally open the new branch.

“The Post Office is vital to the community in and around Denton and I’m sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”

Postmaster Christine Dawson said:

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to open the new branch and I am very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. Customers have given good feedback on the changes, and queuing times have definitely been reduced. We have had plenty of customers visiting us earlier in the morning on the way to work too.

“I’d also like to thank Andrew Gwynne MP and Councillor Dawson Lane for taking time from busy schedules to come here today, and also to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”

Richard Hall, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, said:

“We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents around this area of Manchester and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.

Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.

The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the UK’s fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephone services.


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