Australia Post is set to reduce letter deliveries in metro areas to just once every two days.

The postal service will retain 2,000 motorbike posties to try and combat the delivery demand they are experiencing during the coronavirus crisis,.

All priority letters will be scrapped and bi-daily services introduced.

Delivery in rural and remote locations will remain the same.

Aus Post says volumes of packages coming through the network have doubled in the last four weeks as Australians shop online due to self isolation,

Due to the downturn in passenger rates on domestic airlines, there have been lower air freight capacities, also, which has led to delays.

CEO Christine Holgate says most of the 1.8 million parcels being sent each day are too large to be delivered by traditional means.

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“To action the changes announced today we will retrain up to 2,000 motorbike posties to process or deliver parcels in vans,” Holgate said.

“This will enable posties to carry more and relieve some of the significant pressure on our parcel delivery drivers, who have been swamped with huge volumes.

“It will also enable parcels to be delivered every operational day across the country.”

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