Parcelshop trials will be a ‘Doddle’ at station

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Rail passengers will soon see a new sight on their travels when a ‘Doddle’ parcelshop opens at Central Milton Keynes station.

The shop will be trialled by Network Rail at the station before further trials take place at Paddington and Woking.

It is then hoped that, if it proves successful, it will be rolled out at others throughout next year helping to create 4,000 new jobs.

The store will give people the opportunity to deliver and collect parcels at the station and will be open seven days a week, from early in the morning until late at night giving people a greater chance to do so at their convenience.

The idea is that it will be able to fit with people’s busy lifestyles and give them the opportunity to choose when and where they send and receive their parcels.

There will also be a website and advanced notifications that customers will be able to receive through a mobile phone app, text and emails.

Peter Louden, project director, said: “Our initial conversations with both leading retailers and carriers have been extremely positive with many indicating a desire to become an early adopter.

“They are excited by the fantastic locations and the guaranteed footfall which is expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2020.

“There are around 1.5billion passenger journeys taking place every year plus a large proportion of the UK population lives within five miles of a railway station.

“This makes it a highly convenient solution for many consumers.”

The ease of the system, mixed with the easily accessible hours will save the delivery industry around 1 billion a year thanks to the costs involved with failed first time deliveries – a figure which is thought to be around the 100 million mark.