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Post offices to close are named

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The number of post office branches to close across London will be 155, it has been revealed.

The final list was published by the Post Office, following a six-week public consultation exercise which saw 27,000 responses.

The company plans to close 2,500 branches across the country as part of its modernisation drive following rising losses and a fall in demand.

The first closures in London will start in June.

'Difficult decisions'

Anita Turner, the Post Office's network development manager for London, said: "These are difficult decisions which have not been taken lightly.

"We have considered very carefully all the comments made during the public consultation and we believe that the amended plan announced today offers our customers in London the best prospect for a sustainable network in the future."

Roger Darlington, chairman of the Greater London branch of consumer group Postwatch, said he was pleased that seven proposed closures were to be withdrawn.

"This reduces the impact of the closure programme in London a little and shows that the Post Office has listened to customers and Postwatch during the consultation exercise."

But Westminster Council accused the company of "dragging its heels" over attempts by the local authority to maintain postal services in the borough.

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