Royal Mail could stop delivering Saturday letters

Royal Mail could stop delivering Saturday letters as it reveals if has delivered 1.1 billion fewer letters year-on-year The UK delivery service has faced resistance over plans to deliver fewer letters Royal Mail seen a drop of 1.1 billion letters year-on-year in five months to August  It could scrap its Saturday service while delivering parcels seven days a week 

By Emer Scully For Mailonline

Published: 09:02 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 09:02 BST, 9 September 2020

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Royal Mail could stop delivering letters on Saturdays after seeing a 1.1 billion drop in demand year-on-year, the UK postal service has revealed.

It has faced resistance over plans to deliver fewer letters and refocus its energy on its parcel delivery service - which has boomed during lockdown.

After thousands of customer surveys and hundreds of staff meetings Royal Mail has discovered there's still a demand for an affordable next-day letters service, especially from businesses Monday to Friday.

But the Saturday service is not considered a 'core offering' and could be scrapped amid plans to expand on profits made during a boost to online shopping amid coronavirus lockdown.

Royal Mail has faced resistance over plans to deliver fewer letters and refocus its energy on its parcel delivery service - which has boomed during lockdown. Pictured, a postman in Manchester on April 8

Royal Mail has faced resistance over plans to deliver fewer letters and refocus its energy on its parcel delivery service - which has boomed during lockdown. Pictured, a postman in Manchester on April 8

Its delivery vans took 177m more parcels to front doors as the lockdown sparked a boom in online shopping.

Shares soared by 25 per cent, or 43.7p, to 218.3p as the dramatic increase in parcel deliveries pushed up revenues by £139million. 

The postal service has seen a 1.1billion drop in demand for letters year-on-year in the five months to the end of August. 

During an annual shareholders meeting yesterday a seven-day parcel delivery service was discussed.

'This does not mean following other countries such as New Zealand or that have reduced letters delivery to three days a week in some areas,' Keith Williams, interim executive chairman

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