‘Dreadful!’ Royal Mail warns customers of delays today – more than 50 postcodes affected

‘Dreadful!’ Royal Mail warns customers of delays today – more than 50 postcodes affected

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The festive period is always busy for Royal Mail. However, the pandemic is making the company’s job even more difficult as it struggles with staff shortages and other Covid-related issues.

Today, Royal Mail has warned Britons of more delays throughout the country.

The company explained it operates an air, rail, and road network to move letters and parcels between its distribution hubs, mail processing centres, and delivery offices around the UK.

Although its air, rail, and road networks have been operating to schedule over the last 24 hours, there were issues yesterday, January 7, with some of the company’s mail centres.

The four centres affected are listed below.

Royal Mail stated on its website: “Chester Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the CH, LL and SY postcode areas.

“Exeter Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the EX and TQ postcode areas.

“Nottingham Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the DE and NG postcode areas.

“Warrington Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the CW, L, WA and WN postcode areas.”

Deliveries are dealt with slightly differently on weekends.

Royal Mail explained: “Weekend delivery and collection services are expected to take place on Saturday 8 January 2022.

“There are no deliveries or collections on Sunday 9 January 2022 (except COVID-19 test kits from Priority Postboxes).

“Most of our Customer Service Points are open both Saturday and Sunday for you to collect urgent items for which we’ve left a ‘Something for you’ card – please visit royalmail.com/services-near-you for their opening times.”

The company continued: “Deliveries are operating as normal across most of the country today.

“We aim to deliver to all addresses we have mail for, six days a week.

“In a small number of local offices this may temporarily not be possible due to local issues such as Covid-related self-isolation, high levels of sick absence, resourcing, or other local factors.

“In those cases we will rotate deliveries to minimise the delay to individual customers.

“We also provide targeted support to those offices to address their challenges and restore our service to the high standard our customers would normally receive.”

Britons have taken to social media again today to complain about the poor postal service in their area.

User Liz Harwood said: “Postal deliveries have been dreadful in SE24 for some time. @RoyalMail really need to sort this out. It is a business providing an essential service and postage charges are expensive. How many hospital appointments etc have been missed due to postal delays?”

Simon Lewis wrote: “The list that @RoyalMail publish never includes my post code as one which experiences long delays in delivery. Yet even the posties have said the deliveries are not taking place. The lack of transparency by RM is disgraceful. Mail posted on 15th December has still not arrived.”

Dr Donald-MacCallum commented: “@RoyalMail looks like another call of at least an hour to get through because RM continue to NOT deliver! Months of severe parcel delays & no regular mail for weeks. What’s going on?”

Royal Mail has listed 55 postcodes that are affected by the delays today.

They are listed below.

Amesbury (SP3 and SP4)

Barnsley DO (S70, S71, S72 and S75)

Bicester DO (OX25 to OX27)

Bredbury DO (SK6)

Buckingham DO (MK18)

Caldicot DO (NP26)

Camberwell (SE5)

Chelmsford DO (CM1 to CM3)

Chipping Norton DO (OX7)

Cricklewood DO (NW2)

Croydon DO (CR0 and CR9)

East Dulwich DO (SE22)

Erskine DO (PA7 and PA8)

Finsbury Park DO (N4)

Gerrards Cross DO (SL9)

Gosport DO (PO12 and PO13)

Greenwich DO (SE10)

Hanwell (W7)

Harlow DO (CM17 to CM20 and CM92)

Harold Hill DO (RM3)

Havant DO (PO9 to 10)

Hendon (NW4)

Herne Hill DO (SE24)

Holloway DO (N7)

Hornsey DO (N8)

Islington DO (N1 and N1C)

Keynsham DO (BS31)

Lancing (BN15)

Maida Hill DO (W9)

Manchester South West DO (M15, M16 and M32)

Muswell Hill DO (N10)

New Ferry DO (CH32, CH62 and CH63)

Newport East DO (NP18 and NP19)

Norwood DO (SE19)

Oxted DO (RH8)

Peacehaven DO (BN10)

Prenton DO (CH43)

Rayleigh DO (SS6)

Redcar DO (TS10 and TS11)

Rottingdean DO (BN2 and BN51)

Sheffield North East DO (S5)

Shepshed DO (LE12)

South Croydon DO (CR2)

St. Helens DO (WA9 to WA11)

Swindon West DO (SN5)

Sydenham DO (SE26)

Thame DO (OX9 and OX39)

The Hyde DO (NW9)

Upper Holloway DO (N19)

Upton DO (CH30 and CH39)

Wallasey DO (CH27, CH44 and CH45)

Wantage DO (OX12)

Ware DO (SG9 to SG12)

Willesden DO (NW10 and NW26)

Wootton Bassett DO (SN4 and SN16)

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