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Royal Mail adds 500 extra HGV drivers to its staff

By: Deborah Bates
13 December 2010

As part of the 3000 new staff members its taking on to cope with the severe weather conditions, Royal Mail has confirmed they're hiring drivers - specifically an extra 500 HGV specialists - to work over the winter period, reports

An investment of £20 million has been made by the postal firm to tackle the adverse impact recent weather conditions have had on deliveries across the UK - with the Royal Mail having to apologise to some customers, claiming it was "simply not possible" to make all the required deliveries. In addition to adding the extra staff, Royal Mail has opened seven extra mailing centres to complement their 24-strong chain.

It has been suggested that today, the 13th December, will be Royal Mail's busiest day of the festive season, as people panic and post around 130 million packages, cards and letters, trying to ensure they reached loved ones before Christmas and any more heavy snowfall.

"We are pulling out all the stops to deliver this Christmas," claims the managing director of Royal Mail, Mark Higson; "The worst December weather the UK has seen in almost 20 years has had an impact on our services."

"With this additional £20 million investment, we are committed to ensure we deliver goods as quickly as possible." Higson continued, despite the firm having to suspend its best-selling "next-day guarantee" for special deliveries. The news comes as a positive turn for those active in driving work.

Higson concluded in the International Business Times: "Our people are doing a great job in very challenging conditions. I would like to thank them for their tremendous efforts to ensure we continue to deliver right up until Christmas Eve.''


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