According to the details on the post box outside W H Smith the collection time Monday - Friday is meant to be at 5.30pm. However at 5.20pm yesterday the next collection was already showing as “FRI”. Luckily the mail van was still parked outside and almost straight away the driver came out of Smith’s having obviously collected the mail and parcels from the post office upstairs. When I queried why the post box had already been emptied before 5.30pm he told me it was now being collected at 4pm and had been for “a long time”. However when I asked how customers were meant to know about the change when the box shows 5.30pm he couldn’t give me an answer. Luckily he took my envelope but thought I would warn anyone relying on a 5.30pm collection.
Unless anything has changed the box is emptied by the person who is collecting all mail from the post office as well so I don’t know if the guaranteed last posting time for the post office has changed to 4pm as well (it used to be 5pm) even though yesterday everything appeared to be collected at the usual time!