Royal Mail offers Sunday collections at 15,000 postboxes

In an attempt to speed up the home COVID testing process, Royal Mail is identifying more than 15,000 priority postboxes that will have Sunday collections from the 21st November.

Customers will be able to identify their nearest prioritised red pillar box through the Royal Mail app or website. In addition there will be 2,000 extra postboxes – an increase to 35,000 – that have Monday to Saturday postings.

Nick Landon, Chief Commercial Officer at Royal Mail, said: “Since April, we have played a crucial role in the movement of test kits. This includes delivery to and collection from the growing number of regional test centres and care providers and the return of home tests. As part of this we introduced a unique network of priority postboxes for the rapid return of test kits to labs to help in the country’s fight against the pandemic. Royal Mail has always been proud to help the country in whatever way we can and we could not be prouder of the support we have been asked to give the Government and the Department of Health and Social Care.”

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “I want to thank the Royal Mail, who, from this weekend, will empty some of their post boxes seven days a week to speed up home testing.

“It is a big team effort and I am very grateful for our posties for playing their part to help keep people safe.”