£7m Royal Mail centre gets stamp of approval

Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham.  Graduate operations manager Louisa Walker.
Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham. Graduate operations manager Louisa Walker.
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A £7m new Royal Mail delivery centre has officially opened in Blackpool bringing around 260 workers to the site in Bispham.

Footballing legend Jimmy Armfield and Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard officially unveiled the new complex off Faraday Way which handles around 120,000 items of post each day.

Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham

Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham

Around 210 staff have relocated from the Abingdon Street Post Office and delivery centre in Blackpool - which has now been sold, while around 41 staff have moved from the Poulton delivery office.

Fears had been raised that taking the service out of the town centre would inconvenience customers if they need to collect undelivered parcels.

But bosses said mail is re-delivered free of charge if people are out when their postman calls.

Ady Fielding, delivery director for North West England, said: “Abingdon Street was not fit for purpose and was a health and safety risk.

“We wanted our people to have good facilities and this is probably the best delivery building in Royal Mail.

“We have done a lot of work letting residents know about the changes and Blackpool has the biggest re-delivery numbers in the country. For example yesterday 106 re-deliveries were carried out.

“They are free and are done within 24 hours.”

Staff said they were pleased with the new facilities.

Janice Wild, of Carleton, who is postwoman for Knott End, said: “We start work at about 6.45am and sort our post out according to our walk round.

“If someone isn’t in, we leave parcels with neighbours or somewhere safe so we don’t take many back to the delivery office.”

The centre expects to handle around 250,000 items of mail a day during the run-up to Christmas.

Jimmy Armfield said: “Anything new opening in Blackpool is a good thing for the town. The post is vital to us - it is an artery for the population.”

Royal Mail announced in November 2013 that it planned to move.

It is not known what will happen to the former Abingdon Street Post Office which is a listed building.