NINE locations around Swindon are about to benefit from the biggest change to the Royal Mail postboxes in 160 years – and they’re specifically for parcels.

The new form of postboxes are being rolled out across the country and will now accept parcels just like they do letters.

The postboxes include a wider opening and secure design, ready for pre-paid parcels to be posted at any time, seven days a week. Return parcels will need to have a Royal Mail barcode.

Swindon Advertiser:

Royal Mail head of campaigns Mark Street said: “The introduction of the first parcel post boxes in the Thames Valley area means that customers can now send parcels with pre-paid postage and their returns in the same way that they do letters.

"The new parcel postboxes provide added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours."

The launch of parcel postboxes is also one of the biggest innovations in parcels since the launch of Parcel Post in 1883.

Royal Mail revealed today the nine areas around Swindon that are among the first to benefit from the new postboxes

(See them on the map below)

Parcel postboxes have been introduced across Swindon. The locations are:

  • Newcombe Drive
  • Cheney Manor Road
  • Dunbeath Road
  • Crompton Road
  • Lancaster Mews
  • Southmead Close
  • Delta Business Park
  • Euro Way
  • Shrivenham Hundred Business Park