Ministerial visit marks milestone

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Jo Swinson (centre) with Uddingston subpostmaster Lisa Nayar (right) and Post Office field change adviser Wendy Grant.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Jo Swinson (centre) with Uddingston subpostmaster Lisa Nayar (right) and Post Office field change adviser Wendy Grant.
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Government minister Jo Swinson visited Uddingston Post Office to mark the 1,000 branch milestone in a nationwide modernisation programme.

The visit to the office in Church Street was held to celebrate the Post Office reaching 1,000 branch conversions in its £1.34 billion Network Transformation Scheme.

The aim of the programme is to transform branches throughout the UK, providing improved facilities, brighter, more open and modern retail environments and longer opening hours.

The Uddingston branch is among over 1,750 branches who have so far signed contracts to convert.

During her visit Miss Swinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for employment relations, consumer and postal affairs, also welcomed news that the Post Office had signed a seven-year Agreement with Her Majesty’s Passport Office to continue to provide Passport Check & Send services.

She said: “I am delighted to visit Uddingston Post Office to celebrate the modernisation of the Post Office. Reaching 1,000 conversions is a significant milestone.

“The post office is at the heart of so many communities, providing vital services to residents and businesses. With more than 11,500 branches, its network provides unparalleled reach into our cities, towns and villages up and down the country.

“The fact that the Post Office has secured the future of the Passport Check & Send service is a great example of Post Office acting as a front office for Government services.

Lisa Nayar, subpostmaster at Uddingston Post Office, added: “The transformation has been absolutely brilliant. The customers are very positive about it.

“It looks much bigger and brighter. The layout makes the most of the space we have really well.

“It’s great about the longer opening hours. We provide so many different services and it’s important people know just how much we can do for them.”