Customers warned to expect later mail
RESIDENTS in St Ives are being warned they may get their post later as Royal Mail changes delivery routes in the face of dramatically falling demand.
Some people will not get their post until after lunchtime.
And others may find that delivery times change from day to day depending on the volume of mail, the company said.
Royal Mail say people are sending far fewer letters and far more parcels, so they need to cut walking routes and increase trolley and van deliveries.
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As some traditional walked routes in St Ives disappear and others are amalgamated, Royal Mail staff are expected to deliver for a longer period during the day.
The company has insisted the changes will not lead to job losses among their St Ives workforce.
And a spokesman said the move is nothing to do with last week's sell-off of the Royal Mail to private and corporate investors by the Government.
Royal Mail says it is writing to every home and business in the TR26 postcode area about the changes which will come into force over the next few weeks.
The company intends to stick to its current pledge of delivering to urban areas by 3pm every day and to rural areas by 4pm every day.
The company said: "Many customers will continue to get mail by lunchtime. The time customers receive mail will depend on where they live on the new delivery route.
"Royal Mail will continue to deliver in the morning and for a longer period during the day. When mail volumes vary, we may need to adjust delivery arrangements and times."