Parcel lockers to be installed at British train stations

British operator Govia Thameslink Railway intends to offer its passengers a new service. By the year’s end, they will be able to pick up their parcels directly at 150 train stations. The project will be performed in a partnership with e-commerce giant Amazon.

The first parcel locker was installed at Hassocks railway station in West Sussex. In the coming six months, the Govia Thameslink Railway, which is running under the ‘Southern’ brand name, will install around 150 Amazon Hub Lockers at the stations on its network including the Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern services that connect London with the East and South East England. As of today, the train operating company has already defined 54 locations for installing the parcel lockers. The remaining sites will be identified later.

“The installation of Amazon Hub Locker across our network adds another amenity to make life easier for our busy customers. Although a large majority of the UK is working from home, not everyone can be in for deliveries – especially key workers or other industries now back at work. Our new partnership gives passengers the opportunity to pick-up their Amazon packages on the go as part of their everyday journey,” David Gornall, Commercial Director at the Govia Thameslink Railway, said.

Amazon Hub Lockers

Amazon Hub Lockers are self-service kiosks of the US-based e-commerce giant. They provide customers with an alternative delivery option to pick up and return their Amazon packages. “Shipping to an Amazon Hub Locker at a Govia Thameslink Railway station is easy, secure and available at no additional cost,” the train operator stated. To receive a parcel to the nearest train station, a customer should select it as their shipping address when ordering. Once a package is ready for pickup, customers will receive an e-mail along with a barcode that they will be able to scan at the locker, allowing for a contactless way to pick up their package.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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