ROYAL MAIL SATURDAY LETTER DELIVERIES COULD BE AXED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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.

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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.

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Gorob
Gorob
1 month ago

Welll… my post is often arriving in a bundle not individually.
I often get post addressed to another area close by to my address which is really not right re data protection.
You can no longer trust the post as things go missing and the only safe and sure way to post anything is through the Recorded Delivery system which has to be paid for.
Another service that has gone down hill.

tom
tom
Reply to  Gorob
1 month ago

Same here. Get no mail for days then all comes at once.

Grumpy Old Git
Grumpy Old Git
1 month ago

Tracking is a joke. I am awaiting delivery of five items by tracked mail and all of them show as dispatched, but not yet in transit. One item has been in that status for 11 days now. My Hermes is more reliable.

A. Resident
A. Resident
Reply to  Grumpy Old Git
1 month ago

Royal Mail is a Joke

Only Me
Only Me
Reply to  A. Resident
1 month ago

Since it was privatised – fully agree!

Jay Booth
Jay Booth
1 month ago

This is another kick in the teeth, does that mean the prices will go down I think not !

A. Resident
A. Resident
1 month ago

Charging first class Prices for a third class Service

Sunnydaze
Sunnydaze
1 month ago

Old news ….good news for Hermes etc much more reliable…

jon
jon
Reply to  Sunnydaze
1 month ago

hermes are worst.i was having theft for months amongst other issues.a pay off from head office too go away! dont use

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Doing away with Saturday deliveries they are having a laugh as we haven’t had a letter delivery for 14 days. All you see are parcels and packages being delivered. First class stamp on letter 85p same letter signed for £2.71p how can that be too expensive for Royal Mail

Sidney
Sidney
1 month ago

When a business cuts back on it’s services, customers will look elsewhere for a better option.
It may look like a saving for Royal Mail, but it could cost in the long run.

Virgil63
Virgil63
Reply to  Sidney
1 month ago

Royal Mail are only seeking to cease letter delivery on a Saturday…not parcels. Customers can look elsewhere but will be hard pressed to find any delivery company that will offer that service. Many postal administration around Europe and beyond have not delivered letters on Saturday for a long time. I think it will become acceptable to the public in time .

dot
dot
1 month ago

i will only use the post office Hermes is one useless waste of space

dot
dot
Reply to  dot
1 month ago

I got it wrong dpd are useless and a waste of space hermes are great as are the post office

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
Reply to  dot
1 month ago

Dpd = destroying parcels daily!

YJC
YJC
1 month ago

I have to say that our Postie is brilliant, reliable and sensible.
Since the first lockdown we haven’t had to sign for signed for packages but (so far) none have gone missing or lost in transit.

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
1 month ago

– or ROYAL SNAIL, as I prefer to call them!

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

I’ve been a Postman for 26 years, the time when I actually cared what people say or think about Royal Mail have long gone. You’re just a number on a door to me.

Virgil63
Virgil63
Reply to  Ian
1 month ago

And having been a postman for 23 years I can concur with that sentiment. And equally the manager cares about you just as much

Will
Will
1 month ago

. There’s the world needing 7 days a week and the island reverts too 5

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Will
1 month ago

It’s not an Island thing. If it ever happens it will be National.

Me me
Me me
1 month ago

It used to be a service now a waste of time royal mail .I think they hold the mail as the date stamped on letters is a lease aweek before you get it terrible service

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
Reply to  Me me
1 month ago

My earlier comment got voted down – but it’s accurate!

Dawn Brady
Dawn Brady
1 month ago

When the stamp cost one penny they did deliveries 7 days a week and numerous deliveries a day the last being about 10.30pm now they want to do 5 days – one delivery a day. Shocking!

Virgil63
Virgil63
Reply to  Dawn Brady
1 month ago

When stamps cost a penny the average yearly wage was in the region of £15 …so not entirely certain that’s a fair comparison. To deliver letters more than once in a day would effectively have a significant cost implication especially if if that involved delivering up to 10.30pm. 85p for a first class stamp is about on par with other European countries pricing. As the postal market is fully liberalised (except for Royal Mail that is heavily regulated) it’s no surprise that any other companies haven’t stepped forward to deliver letters….there is just no money in it.

Mojo
Mojo
1 month ago

I say take the ROYAL away from them

Virgil63
Virgil63
Reply to  Mojo
1 month ago

Why’s that then. Will it improves services.

James
James
1 month ago

With 35 postman off isolating in Newport alone….what else are they meant to do.there just following the government advice and isolating.

Gray
Gray
1 month ago

ive been a postie for 15 years and dont blame the posties, its over payed senior mangers making terrible decisions one after another!!!!!! treated like scum! more than 500 postman jobs available around the country says it all!!!!!!

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