Steve thanks postal workers dealing with the Christmas rush
Steve Reed MP joined Royal Mail staff at Holmesdale Road sorting office to see how they are coping with the enormous pressures of the Christmas rush. Many workers start shifts at 4am to cope with the busiest time of the year for post as millions of Christmas cards create an avalanche of mail.
South Norwood Delivery Office employs 37 full-time staff who will be working right up to Christmas Day when they get a two day break before going back to sorting letters and pounding the streets.
Local Manager Sean Kavanagh, showed Steve around the office and introduced him to members of staff. Steve heard about the additional deliveries that are planned in the run-up to Christmas to make sure the mail gets through on time despite the enormous increase in the amount of mail being sent. Sorting offices across Croydon are currently staying open late so recipients can collect parcels that could not be delivered because no one was home when the postman called.
Steve said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the Royal Mail postmen and women at the South Norwood Delivery Office. They are all working flat out to make sure people receive their Christmas parcels and cards on time. Postmen and women do such an important job at this time of year. On any given day the office delivers to over 15,000 addresses covered by 26 delivery rounds. It was great to have the chance to thank them for their work and with them all a very Merry Christmas.”
Steve reminds his constituents that the last day for Christmas delivery is:
18 December – Second Class
20 December – First Class
23 December – Royal Mail Special