Royal Mail SCRAPS Vows To Deliver In Time For Christmas: Special Delivery Has Been Suspended Amid Growing Chaos at Sort Offices
- Delivery of letters and parcels to Europe has also been suspended temporarily
- Pictures posted online recently showed mounds of bags in the sorting offices
- Situation escalated after a new mutant strain and strict fourth-level restrictions
Royal Mail suspends a service ensuring fast delivery of parcels just in time for Christmas amid chaos at screening offices and the disruption of Covid-19.
Delivery of letters and parcels to Europe has also been suspended temporarily as concerns mount over the UK’s most contagious strain of virus.
Pictures posted online in recent days have shown mounds of bags in sorting offices across the country.
Delivery of letters and parcels to Europe has also been suspended temporarily as concerns mount over the UK’s most contagious strain of virus (File photo)
The situation has now escalated after the discovery of a new mutant breed and strict Tier 4 restrictions covering London and much of the southeast.
Royal Mail’s special delivery guarantee, which should mean items posted on December 23, have been suspended on Christmas Eve. The service can still be used today but it looks like there will be long queues at the post office for getting items into the system.
Parcel deliveries inside and outside the UK have also been affected by the suspension of flights and shipping due to new border controls imposed on Britain.
Parcel deliveries in and out of the UK have also been affected by the suspension of flights and shipping due to new border controls imposed on Britain (file photo)
Royal Mail has suspended delivery of parcels and letters to mainland Europe, Canada and Turkey. The German company Deutsche Post has temporarily discontinued services to Great Britain and Ireland.
Royal Mail said on its website yesterday: “ In light of the changing coronavirus restrictions announced on Saturday, we have made the difficult decision to make the following changes to our timed guarantees for special deliveries by 9 am and 1 pm.
“For guaranteed special delivery by 9 AM and guaranteed special delivery by 1 PM for items posted on Wednesday 23 December, we hold our Delivery Guarantee on hold.” The company added, “We can assure you that we will endeavor to deliver all items as quickly as possible.”
She said that the closure of the port of Dover and the ban on flights cause “great disruption” to international services, adding that it “is looking for alternative access points while waiting for the borders to open.”
Items already in the system are being prepared for dispatch and will be held securely until they can be delivered.
She said that the closure of Dover Port (pictured) and the ban on flights had caused “ great disruption ” to international services, adding that it was “ looking for alternative access points while waiting for the borders to open. ”
“We are working with our airline and postal / courier partners around the world to maintain services, but delays are expected,” the company said.
The Deutsche Post said the same disruption in shipping and flights meant it would temporarily suspend parcel delivery services from the continent to the UK.
“Unfortunately, we have been compelled to impose a complete moratorium on deliveries of private and commercial parcels and letters carrying goods to Great Britain and Ireland until further notice,” she said.