HC Deb 17 March 1885 vol 295 c1436

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he received a memorial from the Town Commissioners of Newtownards (county Down) in December 1884, complaining of the alteration in the postal arrangements in that town; whether he is aware that, under the old arrangement, letters were posted at Newtownards at 10.20 A.M. and delivered in Belfast soon after 12 o'clock, whereas, under the present altered arrangement, letters are posted at Newtownards at 1.30, and are not delivered in Belfast until after 4 P.M. thereby causing the greatest inconvenience and loss to the business community of Newtownards; and, whether he can see his way to remedy this just cause of complaint?


The delivery in Belfast, which formerly commenced at 12.25 P.M., has, since the acceleration of the English Mail, viâ Dublin, commenced three-quarters of an hour earlier, and the train from Newtownards does not now arrive in time for the Newtownards letters to be included in the delivery as formerly. If the Railway Company could see their way to bring the train from Newtownards into Belfast earlier the difficulty would be met, and I will have further inquiry made on this point.