Alister Jack MP gets First Class experience as he turns postie for the day in Dumfries

Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack experienced what is involved in delivering the post when he joined a local postman on his delivery round in Dumfries today.

Alister is one of a number of local MPs and MSPs being invited to go out with postmen and women across Scotland to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.

The purpose of the visits is to give MPs and MSPs a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.

David Turner, Royal Mail Delivery Manager, who briefed Alister before he set off on his walk, said: “We’re delighted that Alister is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Alister how we are continuing to modernise and transform our organisation. We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”

Alister Jack MP, said: “Postmen and women perform an incredibly important function in our communities, not just delivering communication, but being one of the institutions in society that binds us together for the common good.”

“I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the mail on a daily basis. There can be no better way of getting that insight than actually going out and doing the job alongside a delivery postman.”

Royal Mail is continuing to modernise its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to further increase efficiency.