Royal Mail to trial Sunday deliveries

Newly privatised group will deliver parcels and start opening offices on Sundays

Royal Mail is set to start delivering parcels and opening post offices on Sunday as part of a new trial starting later in the summer.

The postal group will try out parcel deliveries to addresses within the M25 motorway, including London. Customers who choose the Sunday service will receive a text message between 30 and 90 minutes before delivery.

Royal Mail also plans to open around 100 post offices across the UK in areas with the highest parcel volumes on Sunday, responding to growing demand from online shoppers. Delivery offices are currently open six days a week.

Chief executive Moya Greene said: "Through these new Sunday services we are exploring ways to improve our flexibility and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online."

The group's express delivery service, Parcelforce Worldwide, will also launch a Sunday delivery service in June for online shoppers through participating e-retailers.

Royal Mail was privatised in a controversial flotation last year. Ministers were accused of selling shares on the cheap and at a cost for taxpayers .The group will report full-year earnings tomorrow.

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