TWICKENHAM'S post office is moving, but it will be business as usual.
There was speculation about the future of the branch in Twickenham after Riverside Supermarket, which shares the King Street premises, moved out at the beginning of the year.
Lib Dem MP for Twickenham, Vince Cable, spoke to Post Office Ltd, hoping it would not abandon the area. He also 'phoned a friend'.
Dr Cable said: "The King Street post office is greatly valued by local residents, and there has been some concern about its future. I have spoken with Post Office minister (Kingston and Surbiton Lib Dem MP) Ed Davey, and have been assured that the branch will be unaffected.
"The Post Office is looking for new premises, but they have a commercial arrangement to remain on site until March 31. I have also been told that the service will continue uninterrupted during any move."
Worried users contacted Dr Cable and Richmond Council about the prospect of losing the much-valued branch, and the authority set up a cross-party Post Office Working Group to make the move as smooth as possible.
The council's cabinet member for community development, Councillor Pamela Fleming, said: "Twickenham's post office is clearly very well used, and it's vital to many local people and businesses. The queues for the last post before Christmas were evidence of that.
"We need to make sure there is as little disruption as possible, so customers do not suddenly find themselves unable to collect pensions or post birthday cards or important documents.
"Twickenham is one of the borough's major towns and business centres and cannot be without a post office. The branches in Strawberry Hill and St Margaret's are too far for residents, particularly the elderly or people on their lunch break from work."
A Post Office spokesman said: "We appreciate that the provision of a service in the local area is important to our customers, and we remain fully committed to providing a permanent post office service in the locality."