South West Wales

Royal Mail's 'leave post with neighbour' trial in Wales

Postman doing his rounds
Image caption Royal Mail is not allowed to leave post requiring a signature with a neighbour at the moment

Four areas of south west Wales are taking part in a UK trial by the Royal Mail which will see post needing a signature left with a neighbour.

The trial means people in Ammanford, Gorseinon, Pontardawe, Llandeilo and Neath will be able to receive items when they are not at home.

At the moment the Royal Mail is not allowed to leave post requiring a signature with neighbours.

Nearly 170 delivery rounds and 83,518 addresses will be covered by the trial.

Royal Mail said it wanted to make it easier for people who were not at home during the day to receive items that require a signature or were too large to go through the letter box.

The company said it was the only major delivery firm that was not allowed to deliver to a neighbour as part of its standard practice.

Nick Landon, Royal Mail's managing director of fulfilment and packet strategy, said: "Research shows that our customers welcome this initiative.

"It will make it much easier and more convenient for customers to receive letters and packets if they are not at home when we try to deliver."

The trial, which is planned to run until 25 February, is also taking place in Edinburgh, Wigan, Bolton, Hull, north Gatwick and Norwich.

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