BREAKING NEWS: Boston Post Office set to move into WH Smith

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News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

The Post Office has announced it is set to move its main Boston branch into the town’s WH Smith store.

The organisation announced today (Friday) that it believes the move will ‘create a modern open-plan branch with extended opening hours’ just 70 metres away from its current location in Wide Bargate.

A statement by the Post Office said the move for the branch, one of 369 Crown branches, will enable it to have extended opening hours, access to services seven days a week, a modern open-plan and improved accessibility - as well as the current range of products and services.

Crown Network General Manager Roger Gale said: “We are committed to keeping a Post Office branch in Boston and to maintaining the same levels of service for our customers. We believe the best way for us to do this is to change the way we operate the branch, so if the move goes ahead it will be run by WHSmith High Street Ltd rather than by us directly.”

The statement said there will be no compulsory redundancies as part of the transfer and the new office will have five ‘serving positions’.

It’s not yet clear how the move will affect the layout of WH Smith, or what the future will hold for the current building which was purpose built for the service and opened in 1907.

Post Office Ltd has previously announced plans to convert the first and second floor of the building into 10 one and two bedroom flats.

A six-week public consultation will start on Monday and close on November 25, 2013, and it is proposed the move will take place in February 2014 if agreed.

The consultation can be accessed via an online questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk, by Freepost to Your Comments to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

A customer forum will also be taking place in the coming weeks.