MAIL collections in Wrexham's rural communities are to be reduced to one a day.
Royal Mail has reviewed collection times at 1,300 rural postboxes across North Wales with the result that 180 postboxes in the LL postcode area will have just one collection time each day.
'As a result of the introduction of single daily deliveries, our collection drivers are opening post boxes later than in previous years,' said Royal Mail Area Manager for North Wales and Chester Ian Johnston.
'This means that when the second collection occurs just a few hours later there is very little or no mail to collect. It is clearly inefficient to accrue large round-trip mileage in order to collect one or two items of mail.'
Royal Mail states that the only boxes affected will be small pedestal boxes in the LL postcode area where there is evidence of little or no significant customer usage.
'Given the extremely low volumes of mail concerned there will be no detrimental impact on quality of service,' said Mr Johnston. 'Indeed, by moving to the new collection arrangements, we will ensure mail is available for sorting earlier in the day, thereby improving our ability to meet next-day delivery targets for First Class mail.
The change is in line with guidelines agreed with Postcomm, the postal industry regulator, say Royal Mail.