Jo turns postie for a day

Local MP Jo Swinson got a firsthand insight into what is involved in delivering the post when she joined local postman Alan Paton on his delivery round in Bearsden yesterday morning. Jo was invited to go out on the route with the local postie in order to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.

Commenting Jo said:

"Postmen and women perform an incredibly important function in our communities, not just delivering letters and parcels, but being one of the institutions in society that binds us together for the common good.

"I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the post on a daily basis. What better way to gain an insight than to do the job, especially with a veteran like Alan Paton who has been delivering the mail to customers in Bearsden for 23 years."

Felicity MacFarlane, External Relations Manager, Royal Mail said:

"We're delighted that Ms Swinson took the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

"The visit gave us the opportunity to show Ms Swinson how we are modernising and transforming the organisation. We are investing £59 million in Scotland across three years for new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag.We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that."

Royal Mail is currently reviewing and modernising its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.

Pictured are: Paul Quinn, Jo Swinson, Jennifer McGowan and John Taylor


Photo credit Emma Mitchell, Milngavie and Bearsden Herald

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