Parcel locker provider InPost is putting collection and returns parcel lockers in place at 40 train stations.
The deal with South Western Railway, which handles routes between London and south-eastern England, will allow customers to collect and drop off parcels in a contact-free way.
Initially the lockers will be deployed at 14 stations within the Greater London region, with other major commuter hubs to follow later.
To use the lockers, shoppers receive a code which they then scan at the locker to open it and either retrieve or deposit a parcel. The lockers can also be used to return online orders.
Jerome Pacatte, head of stations at South Western Railway said: “Our stations sit at the heart of the communities we serve, and we want them to offer more than simply a place for customers to travel to and from.
“[The lockers] will provide our customers with a convenient and efficient way to send and receive parcels, including during the very testing times that we are currently living through.”
Jason Tavaria, CEO of InPost, said: “While the pandemic has had an understandable impact on rail services, the stations are in central locations meaning they are often the main hub for communities and towns.
“Partnering with a major operator in SWR will allow consumers to access our lockers easily and conveniently to satisfy all their postal needs, particularly during these challenging times.
“InPost lockers provide consumers with a safe, contact-free solution to send and receive essential products while maintaining safe social-distancing.”
The goal is to allow customers to combine errands in order to reduce unnecessary travel during the pandemic, while offering a contact-free fulfilment method for online orders.