Picture: Martin meeting with Post Office External Affairs Manager Mark Gibson.

MP for West Dunbartonshire Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed the announcement that a new Post Office is set to open in Duntocher next month on Thursday 19th March.

The new branch will open at the Spar store based at 74-76 Dumbarton Road, Duntocher, which has been run by the Sadiq family for over 35 years.

It is expected to offer a range of Post Office services including mail and parcels, personal and business banking and facilities for bill payments.

Local SNP MP Docherty-Hughes, who has been campaigning for the restoration of Post Office services in the area following the closure of the Hardgate branch, said it’s welcome news for local residents and businesses.

The communities of Duntocher, Hardgate and Faifley have been without a local Post Office since 2017, meaning residents have had to travel up to 3 miles to access the nearest alternative Post Office at Clyde Shopping Centre.

The relocated branch in Duntocher will restore a full-time Post Office to the area with extended opening hours of 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“It’s great news that the communities of Duntocher, Hardgate and Faifley are set to finally have access again to the vital services that a local Post Office provides.

“I’ve been in regular contact with Post Office Ltd bosses about the pressing need to restore a branch in the area. These important local services have been greatly missed and residents and businesses have been very patient during this time.

“It’s clearly been a challenge for the Post Office to secure these new premises locally following the sudden closure of the former branch in Hardgate.

“Our thanks go to the Sadiq family for stepping forward and to all those who have worked hard to restore this much-needed Post Office service.”

Details of the opening of the new Post Office branch in Duntocher are available here.