Jo Swinson MP cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Stonedyke Post Office last week (Friday 21 March).
Haq Nawaz subpostmaster pictured with Jo Swinson
Commenting, Jo said:
"I welcomed the news that the Stonedyke Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Haq on his hard work and to formally open the new branch.
"The Post Office is vital to the community and I'm sure the new and improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by my constituents."
As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, the modernised Stonedyke Post Office at 143 Spey Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1LF offers Post Office services from one counter position which is screened. Customers benefit from extended opening hours throughout the week plus a seven day opening.
The new-look Stonedyke Post Office is open from 06:30-18:00 Monday to Friday, 06:30-17:00 on Saturday and 06:30-13:00 on Sunday. Customers also benefit from a wide range of Post Office services available at the new look branch.
Connie Hewitt, Post Office Head of External Relations for Scotland, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents around this area of Glasgow and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
She added: “This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.
Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the UK’s fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephone services.