A NEW Post Office will open next month.

Officials confirmed plans to open a branch at New Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, on Monday, June 17.

The Parkhead Road Post Office will be located within the Mace garage and convenience store on Parkhead Road.

Offering a wide range of postal and banking services, it will be open From Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm.

"At the Post Office we are continually looking to refresh our network and ensure we meet our customer needs," said Ian Murphy, area network change manager for Post Office who urged the community to support the Post Office network.

Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman said: “We hear so often of closures and reduced services, so to hear that a new branch is opening in New Coundon is very good news.

"The extended opening hours are a great idea, helping people to use the services at a time that suits them.”

The nearest Post Offices are currently a mobile service in Coundon, which opens for two-hour periods on a Wednesday and Friday, and at Victoria Avenue and Cockton Hill Road, in the town.