Postbox Wasn’t Emptied For 23 Years
BUILDERS WORKING on the renovation of Birmingham New Street Station discovered dusty letters dating back to 1989 when they removed a postbox there last week.
The box was sealed earlier this year after rail commuters complained that they caught their fingers in the narrow flap. An “out of action” sign was hung across it.
One postal worker said: “We didn’t know it was there, to be honest.”
“It was unbelievable to find the thing stuffed with old letters.” A spokesman for Network Rail told the Daily Telegraph “For security reasons many mailboxes have been removed from stations but presumably it seems that the post in this one was simply missed.
“There were letters that were meant for Australia and America and postcards to people’s friends and family in there, just lying under a thick layer of dust.”
A railway spokesman said: “We couldn’t believe it would be missed by anyone.”
The Royal Mail officials say they cannot understand why the postage was not collected and that they would try to get the post to the rightful addresses.
A spokesman said: “We would not seal the box with letters still in it.
“We believe customers continued to post letters, oblivious to the fact it was not being emptied.”