Royal Mail plans to axe its Saturday letter deliveries and may also get rid of Signed For packages, it has been revealed.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that you would get 2 postal deliveries a day, predominately letters, with a regular postman. Things have changed over the years though, with a single delivery now seen at a random time with a random postie.
It was in 2003 that Royal Mail scrapped its second daily round.
As a result of the changing market, with 18% fewer letters being sent compared to 2 years ago, Royal Mail is looking to scale back to a 5-day week for letter deliveries. However, it isn’t as simple as just changing their advertised service… Royal Mail must first change the law as they are currently required to deliver 6-days-a-week.
Furthermore, there are talks of getting rid of Signed For – or tracked – parcels altogether as they are simply too costly to deliver.
The news won’t be welcomed by Islanders who find Royal Mail to provide one of the more reliable delivery services locally.