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Royal Mail is struggling to keep up with demand due to Covid-related issues, such as staff shortages. Consequently, there are more postcodes affected by delayed mail today than yesterday, meaning many Britons across the UK will be waiting days for their deliveries to arrive. Which areas are most affected?
The postal service has not only updated customers on which postcodes are affected by late mail, but also which mail centres.
Royal Mail explained that 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 are some issues with the company’s mail centres.
Only one mail centre reported issues yesterday, while seven have been experiencing problems today.
Royal Mail said: “The mail centres below reported not all mail was processed or despatched to schedule over the weekend, and as a result may be delivered slightly later than expected.”
The company continued to list the mail centres, as written below.
Chelmsford Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the CM, CO and SS postcode areas.
Swindon Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the OX, RG and SN postcode areas.
Warrington Mail Centre: Some mail posted in the CW, L, WA and WN postcode areas, due for delivery today in other parts of the UK.
Southampton Mail Centre: Some mail posted in the PO, SO and SP postcode areas, due for delivery today in other parts of the UK.
Gatwick Mail Centre: Some mail posted in the BN and RH postcode areas, due for delivery today in other parts of the UK.
Birmingham Mail Centre: Some mail posted in other parts of the UK yesterday, due for delivery today to addresses in the B, HR and WR postcode areas and some mail posted yesterday in the B, HR and WR postcode areas, due for delivery today in other parts of the UK.
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 and some mail posted yesterday in the DE and NG postcode areas, due for delivery today in other parts of the UK.
As for deliveries, Royal Mail 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 yet again taken to social media over the past 24 hours to complain about missed or delayed mail.
Twitter user @Sutthausen said: “Posted a card from Colchester to Chelmsford (23 miles) on 7th December. Still not arrived.”
User @JackiHicks wrote: “Posted a Birthday Card to my niece in London on 10th December – 1st Class Signed For and she still hasn’t received it. I have opened an ‘enquiry’ with @RoyalMail but I’ve had no further updates.”
User @CasualChess added: “@RoyalMail straight up lying to journalists about postal delays of a month to some postcodes. We are understanding about Covid staffing shortages: not of dishonestly pretending the delays are a few days. Local groups have hundreds of residents reporting three week delays. For shame.”
The postcodes most affected be delayed deliveries are listed below.
Amesbury (SP3 and SP4)
Bicester DO (OX25 to OX27)
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)
Gerrards Cross DO (SL9)
Greenwich DO (SE10)
Havant DO (PO9 to 10)
Herne Hill DO (SE24)
Holloway DO (N7)
Hornsey DO (N8)
Manchester South West DO (M15, M16 and M32)
Norwood DO (SE19)
Oxted DO (RH8)
Peacehaven DO (BN10)
Rottingdean DO (BN2 and BN51)
South Croydon DO (CR2)
St. Helens DO (WA9 to WA11)
Sydenham DO (SE26)
The Hyde DO (NW9)
Upper Holloway DO (N19)
Upton DO (CH30 and CH39)
Upminster DO (RM14)
Wantage DO (OX12)
Ware DO (SG9 to SG12)
West Wickham DO (BR4)
Willesden DO (NW10 and NW26)
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