A NEW post office branch is due to open on the outskirts of Workington town centre.

Post Office has confirmed a new branch is to open as part of P&D newsagents on Corporation Road.

Shop owner David Rae said he was hoping the service would be up and running just before Christmas.

He said: “All being well we’re hoping to open around December 17.

“We’re happy to be able to provide a new service.

“Hopefully people in this area will support it and benefit from it.

“It saves people from getting transport into town, which can be very busy.”

A Post Office spokesman confirmed the Murray Road branch will still continue to operate.

She added: “The new branch aims to offer even more convenience to Post Office customers by extending the availability of Post Offices services in Workington area, bringing vital services to the local community.”