Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland to get 280 new postboxes

Royal Mail postbox
Image caption There are approximately 115,300 postboxes currently in service across the UK

The Royal Mail is to install approximately 280 new postboxes across Northern Ireland.

The Royal Mail said the boxes will mainly be in rural areas, new housing developments and in high footfall areas that aren't currently served by a postbox.

The exact location of each box will be confirmed later this year.

The move is part of an initiative to boost public access to postboxes across the UK.

Some of the boxes are already in situ but all 280 will be installed by spring 2017.

'Security reasons'

A higher number of postboxes are being installed in Northern Ireland than in Great Britain.

The Royal Mail said this is because "the rural nature " of Northern Ireland "meant that the postbox density was lower than elsewhere".

"In urban areas, postboxes may have been previously removed due to security reasons," it added.

There are approximately 115,300 postboxes currently in service across the UK.

After installation of the first 700 new boxes, 98% of all households in the UK will be within half a mile of a postbox.

Speaking about the announcement Kellin McCloskey, head of postal services at the Consumer Council said: "We welcome today's announcement by Royal Mail regarding the installation of approximately 280 new postboxes across Northern Ireland.

"We have been involved in early discussions with Royal Mail to ensure consumers can more easily access postal services through increasing its post box coverage.

"Given NI had the lowest level of post boxes of all UK nations, this is good news for consumers in NI," he added.

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