THE Post Office in Bedale is to be modernised into a new style open-plan branch with longer opening hours for customers.

It will close for refurbishment from March 6 at 5.30pm and re-open on March 14 at 9am.

During the work the nearest post offices will be at Burneston and Masham.

On re-opening hours will be extended by ten hours a week - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5.30pm.