Restoring village Post Office with new pop-up counter at Oxenholme station

Last year, Avanti helped a Cumbrian community restore its Post Office with a new pop-up counter at Oxenholme station two years after it was deprived of its only service.


Working with Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and local Postmaster, Phil Ballantyne, we provided the Cumbrian station as a venue for an outreach Post Office service – where a Postmaster comes to premises within a community for limited hours each week to provide services. It is believed to be the first of its kind on the West Coast Main Line and one of a few Post Offices operating at a railway station in the UK.


The pop-up facility will be available in the station’s ticket office, supporting the community’s efforts to bring back Post Office services, which were lost when the branch closed in February 2020.


Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: “After two and a half years of working with Avanti West Coast and local councillors, I’m delighted that we have finally secured a new post office for Oxenholme. This is a key local service that residents have been deprived of ever since the previous post office closed just before the pandemic, so it’s great news that it’s now open and in a prime location.”


You can find the full press release here.