ROYAL Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes and Chester will be among the first towns and cities to try it.

The new postboxes will be in locations across the country over a six month period from August this year marking the first major repurposing of the postbox in the last 160 years.

In total 1,400 existing boxes will be converted into a wider and more secure design to fit parcels.

The initiative follows a successful trial of the boxes in 2018.

It means customers will be able to post parcels in the same way that they currently post a letter, provided that postage has been pre-paid using Royal Mail's own online labelling service.

Returns can also be made via parcel postboxes as long as they have a Royal Mail barcode.

The postboxes will be introduced in locations across the UK including Birmingham, Leeds, Aberdeen and Cardiff.

Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said “The wide scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking to make the lives of our customers easier.

"The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”

The complete list of parcelbox locations includes:

  • Leeds
  • Newcastle & Tyneside
  • Sheffield
  • Warrington
  • Swindon
  • Nottingham
  • Romford
  • Manchester
  • Preston
  • London Central​
  • Birmingham
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Greenford
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Bristol
  • Croydon
  • Poole
  • Aberdeen
  • Southampton
  • Belfast
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Cardiff
  • Norwich
  • Swansea
  • Bournemouth
  • Exeter
  • Truro
  • Inverness​
  • Carlisle