Royal Mail operations to move from Woodford Green and Loughton to Debden in shake-up

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Woodford Green delivery office The Woodford Green delivery office

The Royal Mail has announced its intention to move operations at two of its delivery offices to a new site by the end of the year.

The company says a plan to move staff from Woodford Green and Loughton to Debden has been devised due to an increase in the number of parcels comapred to letters, meaning the existing sites are no longer fit for purpose.

The lease on the existing building in Woodford Green is also due to expire soon.

The new site is expected to be at the British Postal Museum and Archive in Imprimo Park, Debden.

There are currently 147 people employed across the delivery offices, but Royal Mail claimed no jobs would be affected.

It is expected that the move will help to provide improved onsite car parking for Royal Mail vehicles and better customer parking. 

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “Yesterday’s announcement begins a period of consultation by Royal Mail with its people and trade unions. 

“This will be shared with our colleagues who will be given every opportunity to provide input.

“The review is aimed at allowing us to deliver the most efficient, consistent and reliable service to Royal Mail customers and help secure long term employment and job security.”

The Royal Mail maintains that no disruption will be caused by the move.

The Guardian is awaiting further comment from the Royal Mail.

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8:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MorrisHickey says...

Not before time - should have happened 20 or more years ago.
Not before time - should have happened 20 or more years ago. MorrisHickey
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12:33am Thu 16 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

The Royal Mail privatisation job shedding begins no doubt to please the shareholders. I do hope service is not affected badly as it seems to be so unreliable the days.
The Royal Mail privatisation job shedding begins no doubt to please the shareholders. I do hope service is not affected badly as it seems to be so unreliable the days. Upshirehorse
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4:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ChazFinch says...

Bit of a hike if you live in Woodford and have to pick a packet up!
Oh sorry royal mail call them parcels now so as not to confuse the public.
Bit of a hike if you live in Woodford and have to pick a packet up! Oh sorry royal mail call them parcels now so as not to confuse the public. ChazFinch
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11:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

It does seem a bit far to go to pick up a parcel. Especially if you are a South Woodford resident, as you can't get a direct train to Debden...
It does seem a bit far to go to pick up a parcel. Especially if you are a South Woodford resident, as you can't get a direct train to Debden... Paul Skinner
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11:38am Fri 17 Jan 14

MorrisHickey says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
It does seem a bit far to go to pick up a parcel. Especially if you are a South Woodford resident, as you can't get a direct train to Debden...
If you're a South Woodford resident then your sorting office is in South Woodford. And there is a direct train service to Debden via Woodford and Loughton.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: It does seem a bit far to go to pick up a parcel. Especially if you are a South Woodford resident, as you can't get a direct train to Debden...[/p][/quote]If you're a South Woodford resident then your sorting office is in South Woodford. And there is a direct train service to Debden via Woodford and Loughton. MorrisHickey
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4:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Gandalf III says...

Daft idea. Sterling way is half a mile from any bus route. What about us OAPs - how do we get to pick up a parcel orsign for a letter?
Daft idea. Sterling way is half a mile from any bus route. What about us OAPs - how do we get to pick up a parcel orsign for a letter? Gandalf III
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8:18am Sat 18 Jan 14

Typo gal says...

Woodford to Debden to pick up a parcel?!

It will take an age and cost a fortune in order to collect a parcel when you have no car and don't live next to the tube station.

Perhaps now they will at least try to leave a parcel with a neighbour instead of just trying our door and driving away.
Woodford to Debden to pick up a parcel?! It will take an age and cost a fortune in order to collect a parcel when you have no car and don't live next to the tube station. Perhaps now they will at least try to leave a parcel with a neighbour instead of just trying our door and driving away. Typo gal
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7:27pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

Typo gal wrote:
Woodford to Debden to pick up a parcel?!

It will take an age and cost a fortune in order to collect a parcel when you have no car and don't live next to the tube station.

Perhaps now they will at least try to leave a parcel with a neighbour instead of just trying our door and driving away.
You can request a delivery if you utilise the service by sending emails or returning the card delivered, I often use the facility as do not have my own transport unless a neighbour does the chore for me.
[quote][p][bold]Typo gal[/bold] wrote: Woodford to Debden to pick up a parcel?! It will take an age and cost a fortune in order to collect a parcel when you have no car and don't live next to the tube station. Perhaps now they will at least try to leave a parcel with a neighbour instead of just trying our door and driving away.[/p][/quote]You can request a delivery if you utilise the service by sending emails or returning the card delivered, I often use the facility as do not have my own transport unless a neighbour does the chore for me. Upshirehorse
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