The future of rural postal delivery services in Cumbria and south of Scotland received a boost today. Ofcom ruled that the universal postal service, which obliges the Royal Mail to deliver across the UK for one price, is not under threat.
The regulator said it saw no reason to change rules to force rivals to take on part of that obligation.
Royal Mail had complained competitors were cherry picking profitable areas.
Cumbria has some of the lowest crime rates in England, according to a new Royal Mail study.
It found that the LA17 and CA20 postcode areas of the county have the second and third lowest incidents of crime in England.
Coldstream in Northumberland took the number one spot.
The study was carried out to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes to the UK.
Three Dumfries and Galloway towns have been named the healthiest places to live in Scotland.
Langholm (DG13) took the top spot, followed by Gretna (DG16) and Canonbie (DG14).
The findings come from a new study commissioned by Royal Mail to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes.
The study looked at five key areas; health and wellbeing, work, the cost of living, safety and security and home life.
Seven days to go until Christmas - and for Royal Mail staff in Carlisle this is their busiest day of the year.
The city's mail centre will have processed about six hundred thousand pieces of mail by tonight.
Katie Hunter reports:
Seven days until Christmas - and for Royal Mail staff in Carlisle it's the busiest day of the year.
The city's mail centre handles letters and parcels from all over the country which are destined for Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway.
Julie Pirone says they'll deal with six hundred thousand items of mail today and are urging everyone to take time to write a full address:
Royal Mail in Carlisle are expecting to handle over half a million items of Christmas post a day during this, their busiest week of the year.
But staff are asking everyone sending anything over the next few days to make sure they send it on time and include postcodes to avoid any letters being lost or delayed.
Carlisle mail centre workers will be working through a bumper festive mail bag of up to 600,000 items on its busiest day today, Wednesday 18 December.
The 283 mail centre workers and 838 Carlisle delivery postmen and women as Royal Mail delivers a first class Christmas for all its customers.
But, Royal Mail is urging people to make sure they post their letters as early as possible to ensure they reach their destination by Christmas Day.
- Last recommended posting dates for First Class Mail is Friday 20 December
- Last recommended posting date for Second Class is Wednesday 18 December
- Important items can be posted using Special Delivery up until December 23
Today marks the busiest day of the year for the Carlisle Mail Centre.
They're expected to handle hundreds of thousands of letters, parcels and letters.
Royal Mail expects to handle hundreds of thousands of items of Christmas mail in Carlisle Mail Centre on its busiest day - December 18 2013.
Royal Mail staff across Cumbria will be working flat out to deliver a first class Christmas for all their customers.
A woman has been taken to hospital with head and leg injuries after an accident involving a Royal Mail van.
The 25-year-old was walking in the Greengarth area in Upperby, Carlisle, at 11.30am this morning (25th April), when the incident happened.
Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.