SUB-POSTMASTERS have warned that thousands more branches could be axed.

Nine post offices in Huddersfield and the valleys will learn their fate next week.

The branches facing the axe are: Halifax Road, Birchencliffe; Wheathouse Road, Birkby; Woodhead Road, Holmbridge; Leeds Road, Bradley Mills; Lockwood Road, Lockwood; St Thomas’s Road, Longroyd Bridge; Acre Street, Oakes; Quarmby Road, Quarmby; and Wooldale Road, Wooldale.

The proposed closures are part of a nationwide programme which could see 2,500 post offices close.

But the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters (NFSP) has warned that another 3,000 branches could shut if the Government doesn’t give the new card account contract to the Post Office.

More than four million people use the account to access their benefits and pensions, bringing in 10% of sub-postmasters’ income.

NFSP spokesman George Thomson said: “We are looking forward to the decision on who will operate the card account. The federation is confident that the Government recognises the Post Office’s ability to deliver pensions and benefits to more communities than anyone else.

“Millions of pensioners and people on benefits choose to access their money at the Post Office. This choice is what keeps many sub-postmasters in business.

“If the Government wants a sustainable post office network in the future, it must choose to support our members.”