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Axe falls on 12 post offices

PUBLISHED: 16:12 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

TWELVE post offices in the area are due to close after Royal Mail announced that profits have plummeted by £162 million. Nationwide,

TWELVE post offices in the area are due to close after Royal Mail announced that profits have plummeted by £162 million.

Nationwide, 2,500 branches are to shut following a six-week consultation, which attracted 27,000 responses.

Of the 169 branches earmarked for closure in London, 155 will shut from June.

The 12 closing in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich are 40 High Street Beckenham; 12-13 Carlton Parade, Orpington; 86 Crofton Lane, Orpington; 9 Charmwood Villas, Pratts Bottom; 4 Walden Parade, Chislehurst; 11 Blackheath Hill, Blackheath; 43 Bostal Hill, Abbey Wood; 301-303 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath; 3 Hollytree Parade, Sidcup Hill; 263 Eltham High Street, Eltham; 119 Plumstead Common Road, Eltham, and 8 Woolwich Road, Greenwich.

Royal Mail has said its drop in profits was dominated by a fall in its letters business.

A judicial review bid launched by the London Assembly has now been lodged at the High Court. It is claimed that the consultation was too short and that the closures disproportionately affect Londoners.

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