Blackpool’s postmen got a vote of thanks from one of the town’s MPs for their hard work in the run up to Christmas.
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden went to see the new delivery office at Faraday Way to meet management and staff and see how they were settling in.
Prior to the move to from Abingdon Street to Faraday Way, Mr Marsden wrote to Royal Mail and Blackpool Council’s planning department about the application and raised the issues of signage and access to the general public, especially elderly and disabled people.
He again raised the issue with the management during his tour of the site.
Speaking after his early morning visit, he said: “I was pleased to be able to chat with our local postal workers – they do a tremendous job, sometimes in very difficult weather conditions and I wanted to thank them for all the hard work they do for us, all around the year and especially at Christmas time.”
“The new facilities are a big improvement on the previous Delivery Office in the town centre. From chatting to a number of our posties, they are much happier with the set up at Faraday Way and they explained how it allows them to be much more effective and efficient in their job.
“However it’s clear there remain issues about inadequate signage for the public entrance – something both managers and staff mentioned – as well as over access for disabled and older customers and also staff who don’t have a car and especially those coming from South Shore and central Blackpool.
“The bus stop currently falls some way short of the Faraday Way depot.
“I was glad managers acknowledged these issues.
“They are ones I hope can start to be addressed in the New Year.”
The centre, which employs around 260 people, was expected to handle around 250,000 items of mail a day during the run -up to Christmas.