The Post and Parcel website reports that Royal Mail has raised objections to the route of the planned High Speed 2 rail route from London to Birmingham.
HS2, as the £43bn project is known, proposes a high-speed rail link
between London’s Euston station and the city of Birmingham, with a
second phase running up to Manchester and Leeds. Construction is planned
to start in 2017, with the first phase open in 2026 and the second in
"The company said three major delivery offices covering a “very
substantial” part of London would be subject of compulsory purchase
orders, along with the Greenford Mail Centre in the London Borough of
Ealing and the Castle Bromwich Delivery Office in Birmingham.
"The Greenford Parcel Sort Centre, a leased building, would also be
affected by the rail project, and represents a key part of Royal Mail’s
operations during the pre-Christmas peak parcel season, handling 15m
parcels in November and December.
"Royal Mail said that without sufficient mitigation measures, it would
not be able to carry out its statutory duty to deliver the mail if the
HS2 project goes ahead in current form.
"The loss of the Camden Delivery Office to a compulsory purchase order
would cause a particular headache, Royal Mail said, because similar
sites 'are not generally available' in North London. Talks with the HS2
project managers are ongoing, Royal Mail said, but the mail company has
failed to identify an alternative site, and said that it would not
vacate its current delivery office unless an alternative site is found,
even under a compulsory purchase order."