£20m fund boosts Xmas mail

Royal Mail has ploughed a further £20m investment into its business to deal with the fallout from the poor weather, amid claims that it is “pulling out all the stops” for the festive season.
Today (December 13th) is the busiest day for Royal Mail over the period, with the operator expecting to handle around 130 million Christmas cards, letters and presents ordered online.
Extra resources are being deployed right across the UK, including in the North East, Scotland, and the Midlands. The main actions include recruiting of up to 3,000 more people, approximately 6,500 extra deliveries (primarily packets) yesterday in the areas most affected by the severe weather, delivering to around 1 million addresses, and an additional 500 professional HGV drivers and an extra 250 large lorries.
These actions are on top of Royal Mail’s already announced Christmas programme. It includes the recruitment of up to an additional 20,000 people and extended opening hours at all Royal Mail’s 1,400 local delivery offices.
Mark Higson, managing director, Royal Mail, said, “We are pulling out all the stops to deliver this Christmas. The worst December weather the UK has seen in almost 30 years has had an impact on our services to some parts of the country. With this additional £20m investment, we are committed to ensure we deliver letters and packets as quickly as possible.
“Our people are doing a great job in very challenging conditions. I would like to thank them for their tremendous efforts to ensure we continue to deliver right up until Christmas Eve.”

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