Significant decline in the number and changes in the mix of items mailed in the capital means that fewer Mail Centres are needed, and this will see the phased closure of the East London and South London (Nine Elms) mail centres to commence immediately. The mail centres remaining are: Croydon, Greenford, Jubilee (Feltham), Romford and Mount Pleasant.
New accommodation is also being sought for the administrative and support staff based at Rathbone Place, Islington. The savings are expected to be £30million, but.....
"Mount Pleasant is a large facility which needs significant investment to handle the postal volumes in London, including the change in the mix of items. Royal Mail expects to invest £69 million in Greater London as part of the UK-wide modernisation programme; of this, £32 million will be invested in Mount Pleasant. The latest automation equipment will be installed there; working conditions will be significantly improved."
Obviously they know their business better than I do, but whilst Mount Pleasant is ancient, Nine Elms is relatively new. Maybe some of the Nine Elms equipment will move to Mount Pleasant: certainly MP is reminiscent of inter-war government buildings that so many of us worked in in the 60s.
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And on the subject of the BPMA, how does this affect the future, now that the move to Swindon has fallen through?