Unveiling the new look high-tech Palma post office yesterday, it was announced that over the next 30 months, 4.737 million pesetas are to be invested in updating and improving the Balearics' postal service. Post office director general, Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, said yesterday that nearly half the amount, 2.600 million pesetas will be spent on the construction and equipping of a new sorting office on the Can Valero industrial estate on the outskirts of the capital. Accompanied by the central government delegate to the Balearics, Catalina Cirer, the director general added that the level of investment over the next few years is 300 per cent more than the amount ploughed in to the service during the previous legislature. The new sorting office will be four times the size of the existing building and be able to handle masses more post - efficiently. The new office, which will deal with all of the Balearics' post, will be completed by the end of next year and will provide a higher quality and much faster postal service. Feijoo explained that the new automatic sorting machines will be able to handle 40.000 letters per hour. Two new post offices are also to be built in Palma, taking the number of outlets in the Balearics to 180, 25 of which are being modified and renovated. Over the next two years, extra staff are to be taken on and Feijoo said that he is committed to improving air postal links to the islands. The highlight of yesterday's visit by post office chiefs was the unveiling of the new look post office in calle Constitución, in Palma, which has been undergoing remodelling work for the past 18 months at a cost of 1.000 million pesetas. The office is more user-friendly, with better access for the disabled, and a new information desk has been set up to answer any queries the general public may have about products and services. The main objective of the post office, which will be music to the public's ears in Majorca, is to improve the quality and efficiency of the service. Every summer the post offices is inundated by complaints of delays in the service - however, Feijoo hopes this is the dawn of a new era.

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