Monday, January 24, 2011

Ashbourne Post Services Must be Restored

Recently, some postal services were moved from Ashbourne Post Office to Dunshaughlin Sorting Office.  When a parcel or package cannot be delivered, it is now transferred to Dunshauglin for collection.  As I am sure you are all aware, Dunshaughlin Sorting Office is situated in an Industrial Estate on the very busy N3 at the entrance to the town.  People have no choice but to access the Industrial Estate from this road.  Access is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination.  The area has always been plagued with traffic and any unnecessary additional traffic will only lead to further congestion. 

On top of this, the hours of business are proving extremely difficult for many, particularly in the Ashbourne area to collect their goods often resulting in parcels being returned to sender, which of course has a cost.  There is no public transport available from Ashbourne to Dushaughlin either, compounding the problem to Ashbourne Residents.
Prior to the move, this service was handled by Ashbourne Post Office and given its location proved to be successful.  Moving this service was ill-advised and never should have happened.  I have duly written to An Post requesting a meeting in which I can address the concerns of residents directly with a view to reversing the move.  I am await correspondence from An Post regarding my request and am thankful that this matter was brought to my attention.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wrong. The 109A bus goes from Ashbourne to Dunshaughlin. Get your facts wright

Anonymous said...

Not wrong. That bus stops before 3 o'clock, when most people are in work

Anonymous said...

And also the sorting office is only open til 5.30pm not giving many people the option of collecting a package the same day.
I have a package there myself today very important to me but I won't be able to get it probably as I can't see me making it to there before 5.30

Anonymous said...

would the people of ashbourne and surrounding areas not have any hope of getting this service restored,the 109a doesnt go into that industrial estate in dunshaughlin...
Maybe finglas would be a better option but ideally why not just restore the service to ashbourne..
Even have a collection only on a saturday as the post office opens for a few hours saturdays,this would mean people would not need to take time off work or unemployed would not need waste 10 euro on bus fare

Anonymous said...

Is ashbourbe not a big enough town now to have its own sorting office? Not everyone has a car and that bus service is not frequent enough. What do you do when you have kids? Bundle them all out to get an infrequent bus over there and walk to sorting office in an industrial estate then wait again to come home? It's a joke and the hours only suit people who don't work full time

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if there is any update on this as it is prooving to be very inconvenient to people in ashbourne.

Sarah Meath said...

Ashbourne must be the only large town where if you take a shower or go out the back garden for five minutes and miss the doorbell you have to drive 26km to collect a registered letter or parcel. There isn't even a 2nd day call back service offered, it's too bad - straight to Dunsaughlin and 'collect in three days' on some parcels. Having three kids and a learner driver my husband has to get to Dunsaughlin for 8am in order to collect parcel and drive on to his workplace. It's a total joke, not even one night late opening.