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Half of all post box collection times brought forward to as early as 9am

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

​Almost half of all collection time at Royal Mail post boxes have been brought forward to as early as nine in the morning

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Almost half of all collection time at Royal Mail post boxes have been brought forward to as early as nine in the morning.

Post boxes are currently emptied at 4pm but the move will see them emptied between 9am and 3pm.

The changes affect 50,000 of the currently 115,000 post boxes national.

They are part of a restructuring process that will also see an additional 2,000 post boxes installed in rural areas and new developments.

The mail organisation has said it has made the move to safeguard the future of post boxes by making collections more efficient, in the face of declining letter and parcel volumes in post boxes.

The changes announced build on new safeguards for postal services in rural communities introduced last year by Ofcom.

This requires that 98 per cent of all households across the UK should be within half a mile of a postbox.

Mish Tullar, a spokesman for Royal Mail, said: “These changes will ensure it is sustainable for Royal Mail to maintain – and indeed increase – the number of post boxes in the UK.

“We already have a higher geographic density of postboxes than anywhere in the world, other than Japan. Not a single post box will be lost as a result of this initiative.”

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  • berted  |  August 10 2014, 4:01PM

    As I recall it the public is still left with the bill for pensions. This was a sweetener to make the deal even more profitable for Cameron's chums. Incidentally we are talking here of Royal Mail not the Post Office. The Post Office could well be next.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 10 2014, 1:06PM

    The PO has now been freed up to run efficiently. However, after years of lack of intervention by the Liebour Party, they are beyond repair. They will be taken over by an efficient European operator. That's assuming there's an agreement to write off the pension black hole, caused by pathetic management and union backed Spanish practices. Only then will we get the service we deserve.

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  • SandraPee  |  August 10 2014, 12:59PM

    Could this be a cunning way of getting customers to pay an even higher price by getting a recorded delivery should they query relying on their post not getting to it's destination by the next day ? Just a thought !

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  • thomas1996  |  August 10 2014, 12:39PM

    don't forget Labour wanted to sell it off twice but crumbled under union threats....(to party funds)

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  • berted  |  August 10 2014, 12:27PM

    So what is our MP going to do about it ? His words are eagerly awaited.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  August 10 2014, 11:47AM

    For a lot of people who work in offices and indeed for people anyway, they would buy a birthday card, write what letters they need to write, send what cheques they need to send, whatever documents they need to send out, copies of contracts etc, reponses to incoming mail, invoices etc, all kinds of things that go in the post - they could get their days post sorted (I sometimes post 20 letters in any one day) and make sure I was at the postbox for next day delivery. This has as previously commented took a day off while still paying for first class. I have no objections to 1 collection a day but the time of the collection is what I object to. So if going Monday night, the post first class would be there by Tuesday. Now if posting at the same time, it will not get there until Wednesday. I think this is very wrong.

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  • WallWalter  |  August 10 2014, 11:07AM

    Another public service gone the way of the rest after the Tories sold Royal Mail too cheaply to their friends

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  • berted  |  August 10 2014, 11:01AM

    First the Tories flog off OUR Royal Mail at a knock down price to their fat-cat pals and then allow them to ruin the service we used to enjoy. They have flogged off many of the things which we used to own and in each case the service has deteriorated. What's next ?

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  • SandraPee  |  August 10 2014, 9:41AM

    The cost of a stamp has gone up yet the service has gone down ! Sounds like a lot of other things !

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  • bonzaharris1  |  August 09 2014, 6:07PM

    Just about does away with next day post really, if something came up at say midday where you had to send something first class post for next day delivery, it won't get there until the day after as the post would possibly already have been collected. You cannot provide a next day service unless you have a collection later in the day. So just providing less of a service, while trying to make out they are delivering ... excuse the pun ...a better one !!

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