ELDERLY residents face a double headache if the post office in South Street, Old Isleworth, bites the dust.
Not only will they have to travel 20 minutes by bus to reach a branch in Richmond, they will then have to negotiate the stairs, or a service lift, to reach the first floor of WHSmith where it is based.
More than 20 shopkeepers, whose own livelihoods would be threatened if the Isleworth branch is culled, got together and have collected up to 2,000 signatures demanding it is saved.
One petition alone, at the Londis store in Shrewsbury Walk, has been signed by almost 500 customers.
Dozens of protesters, spanning the age spectrum, brandished placards outside the post office on Saturday.
Cllr Paul Fisher, who has delivered 1,000 leaflets warning surrounding households about the proposed closure, claimed the branch was vital to the area's vitality.
"A lot of elderly people use this branch and the transport links just aren't good, especially for people posting large parcels," he said.
"There's no longer a bank in the area either, so all those without internet banking rely on the post office."
Up to 1,000 customers use the Old Isleworth branch every week, according to the Post Office's own statistics.
The nearest alternative branches are in Chestnut Grove or London Road, both in Isleworth, but Cllr Fisher insisted these were unsuitable because they lacked direct transport links.