Na h-Eileannan an Iar MSP Dr Alasdair Allan experienced what is involved in delivering the post when he joined local postie, John Macleod, on his delivery round in Stornoway.
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP is one of a number of Scottish politicians who are being invited to go out with postmen and women across the UK 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.
James MacAuley, Royal Mail Stornoway delivery office manager, who briefed Dr Allan before he set off on his walk on August 9, said: “We’re delighted that our local MSP is taking the time to experience the every day challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Dr Allan how we have transformed and modernized our business.
“We have investing in new sorting and delivery equipment as we continue to 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.”
Alasdair Allan MSP said: “On my visit I found that postmen and women not only deliver the mail but play an important part in the local communities across the Western Isles.
“I joined local postie John Macleod who delivers the mail to my constituents in Stornoway. This is the best way of getting an insight into the work involved in delivering the mail on a daily basis - they go out in all weathers, and I thank them for all the work they do.”
Royal Mail is continuing to transform its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail has been improved to increase the efficiency of its business.