A Postbus is a public bus service that is operated as part of local mail delivery. As a means to provide public transport in rural areas with lower levels of patronage where a normal bus service is uneconomic Postbus services are run by the postal delivery company and combine the functions of public transport and mail delivery/collection. A standard passenger fare is payable to the driver/postie.
In the United Kingdom
postbus services by Royal Mail
began in 1967
to replace rapidly declining local bus and rail services in rural areas and provide a community service. As of 2006
more than 200 services are operated by Royal Mail, often only once or twice a day but in some areas are the only form of public transport available. Key areas include the Scottish Highlands and Islands
, Yorkshire Dales
and South West Scotland.
, the postbus system is known as Kraftpost
, the postbus system is known as PostBus
, the postbus system is known as Postbus