Stamp of approval for Bath bike post service
A new bicycle-based postal delivery service is proving popular in Bath.
Docmail Local Post said it has now collected, sorted and delivered 100,000 letters across Bath and Bristol since last October.
The firm uses electric bikes to deliver mail around both cities.
A total of 12 postcode zones in Bath are covered by the new Docmail Local Post services including BA1 and BA2, and a further 14 postcodes in Bristol.
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Spokesman Joe Broadway said: "This is a postal service for companies who operate locally, and recognise the benefits of physical mail. By making best use of the local knowledge of our dedicated teams of delivery personnel, we are able to offer our customers the service that suits them best. The mail is collected, sorted then delivered all within the local area."
Prices for delivery are 36p for each standard letter, 2p per item for unaddressed mail such as leaflet drops and delivery is guaranteed within two working days.
Mr Broadway said the scheme was becoming more popular among the city's business community.
He said: "We've had superb response from companies such as retailers, opticians, clubs and estate agents who all rely on communicating with their local customers.
"As businesses are affected by the recent increase in national postal charges, so this local service meets the needs of companies who are looking for a postal collection that truly understands their requirements.
"We were receiving feedback from existing customers that there was a gap in the market for a local service that took green issues seriously, and understood the need for more cost-effective mail delivery. With the established structure of Radstock-based CFH, which is a regulated postal operator, behind us, we knew this was a service we could provide."
The service is due to be extended to other towns and cities in the South West in the coming months.