Local MP Jo Swinson is welcoming the modernisation of the Milngavie Post Office branch. Jo cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony at the branch which will now be operating under the new ‘Main’ Post Office model.
Commenting Jo said:
“I’m delighted that the Milngavie branch has modernised as part of the largest investment programme in the history of the Post Office.
“The new style Post Office will have three serving positions and longer opening hours to ensure the post office remains in the heart of our community for generations to come.
“It is Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government who are working to guarantee the future of our Post Offices.
“Unlike Labour’s rampant closure programme which saw our area lose 5 Post Offices, the Coalition Government is investing £1.34 billion in the Post Office network and we will maintain a network of at least 11,500 branches.
Jo with Post Office operator Jaswant Sambi
The Coalition Government is committed to safeguarding the future of the Post Office network and will not close any branches. It has invested £1.34 billion of funding until 2015 to revitalise the network and make sure it is sustainable in the long term.
This funding package requires Post Office to continue to maintain a national network of at least 11,500 branches, with no programme of closures and to comply fully with the access criteria, set by Government in 2007. This includes a requirement that 95% of the total rural population across the UK are within a three mile reach of their nearest Post Office outlet.
Over a third of the funding is being used to modernise Post Office branches. Network Transformation will see the modernisation of 6,000 branches to the new local or main models by 2015.
The new models were extensively piloted across the country ahead of the national rollout which started last October. So far 1,800 contracts have been signed for conversion, with 1050 branches now operating as a local or main Post Office.