Privatised company Royal Mail PLC has been putting red
cards through local letterboxes. The cards state Royal Mail had tried to deliver
Residents were astonished. The Royal Mail cards said residents can collect their post from MANCHESTER, 185 miles away from Slough, and a 8 hours motorway return journey.
Stupid it may seem, Royal Mail's Leigh Delivery Office, Hope Carr Way, Leigh WM7 3BB apparently has your post.
Leigh, a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, is in the North-West of England.
Is this confusion a late All Fools Day joke from Royal Mail ?
Slough Times has asked Royal Mail bosses:-
This latest Royal Mail blunder is thought to cover nearly 100,000 households in the SL1, SL2 and SL3 areas.
Royal Mail headquarters, unaware of Slough post apparently being sent to Manchester, has promised an urgent investigation.
Once an impressive automated sorting office, locals could be proud of, capable of reading and coding envelopes at the speed of almost 32,000 letters an hour, the Slough G.P.O. site now has only a postal delivery office and the telephone exchange building.
Mail can be collected from Royal Mail at 15 Wexham Road, 7 days a week between
Royal Mail has a small car park on the northern side of the building for about 6 vehicles. There is a Wexham Road residents-only parking strip outside the Royal Mail offices. The Slough Times thinks there should be 15 minutes free parking on Wexham Road for anyone collecting their post from Royal Mail. Instead Slough Council's Traffic Warden's target people collecting their post.
Slough and district's outgoing mail is now processed at Green Park Way, Greenford UB6 0GG, off the A40 near Wembley. Transferring outgoing mail to Greenford means last Slough collection times are much earlier than previous and much earlier than in other developed parts of western Europe where 20:00 is the normal last collection time for towns the size of Slough.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman told the Slough Times
We can confirm that a small number of Something for you cards with the incorrect delivery office address were used in Slough last week.
The shy spokeswoman was unable to state:-
The spokeswoman added:-
We would like to apologise to customers for any concern this may have caused, and advise anyone concerned about their mail to contact our Customer Services team on 03457 740 740.
Royal Mail has offered to pay the expenses of anyone who went-up to Manchester to collect their post. If you did, the Slough Times will help you get a Royal Mail refund.