Royal Mail 'sorry' after delivery delays with more problems ahead

Postal company Royal Mail has apologized after experiencing delays with customers over the Christmas period.

While slower mail is usually the norm during the Christmas season, this year was particularly difficult.

Royal Mail has said it is doing its best to get packages to people on time but that there are still delays in certain parts of the country.

According to the mirrorDeliveries on December 30th and December 31st are believed to have been near normal for most of the country. However, the problems were caused in part by disease, Covid-19 self-isolation, resources and local factors in the affected zip codes.

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Regarding the delays in the affected postcodes, the Royal Mail said: “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

“We will regularly inform customers about the offices most affected here.”

Which areas were affected by delays at Royal Mail?

The following postal centers and postcodes were affected by delays in the past week.

  • South Midlands Mail Center: CV, LE, MK, and NN postcode areas.
  • Chester Mail Center: CH, LL and SY postcode areas affected.
  • Birmingham Mail Center: Postcode areas B, HR and WR.
  • Warrington Mail Center: CW, L, WA, and WN postcode areas.
  • Croydon Mail Center: BR, CR, SE and SM postcode areas.

In the last week there were delivery delays for:

  • Chelmsford DO (CM1 to CM3)
  • East Dulwich (SE22)
  • Finsbury Park DO (N4 and N15)
  • Gerrards Cross DO (SL9)
  • Havant DO (PO9-10)
  • Herne Hill DO (SE24)
  • Hornsey DO (N8)
  • Oxted DO (RH8)
  • South Croydon DO (CR2)
  • St. Helens DO (WA9 to WA11)
  • Sydenham DO (SE26)
  • Upminster DO (RM14)
  • Willesden DO (NW10 and NW26)

The Royal Mail website shows the status of their service and what customers can expect. It makes it clear to users that it uses not only road but also rail and air to move parcels and letters across the country as efficiently as possible.

At the time of writing, the service has warned that there will be no pickups on New Years Day.

They say, “Ofcom has granted a universal service exemption across the UK for Saturday 1st January 2022. This means that Royal Mail will not pick up or deliver any mail on that day.

“Normal deliveries and collections will resume on January 4th, 2022, with the exception of Scotland due to a public holiday.”

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