Last post moved to as early as 9am at nearly half of Britain’s post boxes

The last collection times at nearly half of the post boxes in Britain have been brought forward to as early as nine in the morning by Royal Mail.

Currently, the boxes are emptied after 4pm, but Royal Mail has moved the times to between 9am and 3pm as part of a restructuring.

The changes affect 50,000 of the national mail organisation’s 115,000 post boxes.A steep decline in the numbers of letters being sent means many of the country’s post boxes “no longer covering their costs”, Royal Mail said.

Read more: Last post moved to as early as 9am at nearly half of Britain’s post boxes – Telegraph.

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Royal Mail faces anti-competition investigation in France

Royal Mail has warned it faces a potentially hefty fine from French competition authorities, which are investigating possible anti-trust violations at the group’s parcel-delivery subsidiary.

Shares in the postal service, which is 30% state-owned following a controversial privatisation last year, were among the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100, down 1.8% to 475p. They were floated at 330p but at one point climbed above 600p.

The group said French competition authorities were investigating breaches of anti-trust laws “in connection with a broader investigation into alleged activities within the industry in France”. Dutch postal company TNT Express and the US firm FedEx have also confirmed they are being investigated and face possible fines.

Read more: Royal Mail faces anti-competition investigation in France | UK news | theguardian.com.

The smoking gun… Harper’s plan to privatize Canada Post

After repeated denials from the Conservative government that their service cuts and rate hikes at Canada Post have anything to do with privatization, we now know the opposite to be true. An access to information request by Blacklock’s Reporter reveals that the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a secret study into privatization only months before Canada Post announced their five-point plan to cut services, jobs and increase prices. It would appear the government has deliberately misled the public.

Read more: The smoking gun… Harper's plan to privatize Canada Post | rabble.ca.

Royal Mail celebrates Tour De France Grand Départ Yorkshire with special postmark

  • Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark to mark the Tour De France Grand Départ which begins in Yorkshire this Saturday (July 5th)
  • The postmark will be printed on mail that is delivered across the UK on Saturday. It will say ‘Yorkshire Grand Départ Tour De France 2014’.
  • It will be the first time the Tour has visited the UK since 2007

Royal Mail is gearing up for the Tour De France Grand Départ starting in Yorkshire this Saturday (July 5th) by issuing a special postmark.

On Saturday, postmen and women across the UK will deliver mail that will have the Tour De France postmark emblazoned across it.

The postmark will say ‘Yorkshire Grand Départ, Tour De France, 2014’.

Royal Mail’s postmarks are reserved for special occasions and are used to recognise significant events, historical anniversaries or support of charity.

Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: “We’re delighted to be marking the Tour De France Grand Départ with one of our postmarks.

“It’ll be a very special moment to see this iconic sporting event begin in the UK in Yorkshire and we’re pleased to mark the occasion in this unique way.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commented: “This celebration of the Yorkshire‎ Grand Départ by Royal Mail is testament to the scale of this historic event coming to our county and indeed the country.

“Excitement is reaching fever pitch for millions in Yorkshire and beyond – and we’re delighted the Tour’s arrival is being celebrated in this way.”

About the Tour De France Grand Départ

This will be the first time the Tour De France has visited the UK since 2007. It has also been held in the UK in 1974 and 1994..

The first stage of the will begin in Leeds on Saturday. It will see the competing teams race to Harrogate, whilst taking in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the way.

The second stage will see the team cycle from York to Sheffield on Sunday, while the third stage on Monday will see a route from Cambridge to London.