MP visits sorting office on tour of frontline services

Iain Stewart with Ray Blackbrow
Iain Stewart with Ray Blackbrow

A CITY MP had the chance to learn about the changes being made at Royal Mail at a local level when he visited Bletchley Delivery Office and spent the morning with a postman.

MP Iain Stewart, who serves the Milton Keynes South area, accompanied Ray Blackbrow on a delivery to see how postmen and women are collecting, sorting and delivering mail.

Since the start of the year Mr Stewart has been experiencing frontline services across the city, including spending time with police officers, hospital staff and teachers.

On this occasion he was given a tour of the delivery office before being introduced to staff who are responsible for handling around 330,000 items every week.

He was also able to appreciate the changing nature of deliveries with volumes of letters falling and packets and parcel deliveries increasing due to e-commerce activity by customers.

After being given a tour Mr Stewart went out on a round with Ray in the Knowlhill area.

He said: “I have been spending time with people who work in public services and I am pleased to be able to shadow Ray as he went about his important duty.

“The hardworking men and women who deliver our post are held in high esteem and I’m glad I could personally say ‘thank you’.”

Delivery Office Manager Basil Brunning said:“The visit gave the MP the opportunity to gain a real insight into the challenges our postmen and women across the country face when delivering to 29 million addresses in all weathers, six days a week, every week of the year.

“He heard firsthand how Royal Mail is modernising and adapting. We are working hard to meet the challenges of structural decline in the postal sector, while safeguarding the cherished universal service on which we all depend in the world of increased competition.”