Royal Mail delivery office in Mablethorpe threatened with closure
AN uncertain future lies ahead for Mablethorpe's Royal Mail delivery office as it faces possible closure.
The company has confirmed it is currently undertaking a 'scoping exercise' looking at transferring its mail operation from the Somersby Avenue site to Alford delivery office.
Royal Mail spokeswoman Morag Turnbull said: "Faced with declining mail volumes and increasingly tough trading conditions, Royal Mail constantly reviews the operational efficiency and commercial practicality of all its units.
"As part of our business-wide modernisation programme, we are currently undertaking one of the biggest transformations in UK industry.
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"Royal Mail is therefore investing in new technology and equipment and upgrading operational facilities.
"This is in order to ensure that we have world class facilities which provide the most efficient and effective network for delivering the post. At the same time, we must respond to the huge growth in electronic communications and the resulting decline in overall mail volumes.
"With this decline in mail volumes we must modernise our operations and the consolidation of delivery offices will play a major part in allowing us to place the business on a sound, secure and stable footing.
"At this stage we are simply considering our options and have made no final decision regarding our operation at Mablethorpe. However, we have shared our plans for this scoping exercise with our people and will continue to work with them and the Unions in the future."
In the UK, mail volumes have declined by 25 per cent in recent years, and Royal Mail now delivers, on average, 59 million items a day.