A MAJOR campaign is being launched to prevent the closure of the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Local MP Angela Rayner is teaming up with Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, Tameside Council leaders and the Communications Workers Union to fight the closure plan.
Royal Mail bosses want to shut down the office in Fleet Street and move more than 80 staff to the Oldham office.
Campaigners say closure will force local people to travel further to collect or drop off their mail, mean longer journey times for staff and be a blow to business in Ashton town centre.
Now they are launching a protest campaign to get the closure plan stopped in its tracks.
The two MPs are demanding an urgent meeting with Royal Mail bosses in London to put the case for the Ashton office to remain open.
Angela Rayner said: "We are going to fight this all the way. Closing the Ashton delivery office makes no sense at all. It is very well used by the public - the number of parcels and packages is growing all the time because of the internet. It serves hundreds of people every day.
"Closure would mean extra travel and inconvenience for both the public and staff and a far worse service for local people."
Jonathan Reynolds, MP added: "This is just not acceptable to the people of Stalybridge and Hyde - if the Ashton office closed, local people would in some cases have to travel an extra 16 miles, which could take two and a half hours and four buses to get to Oldham."
The two MPs met with Tameside Council Deputy Leader, Cllr John Taylor and representatives of the Communications Workers Union earlier today to plan their campaign of opposition.