Gloucester Mail Centre To Close

Almost 400 jobs are under threat after Royal Mail confirmed it is to close its processing plant in Gloucester.

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Royal Mail to close Gloucester sorting office

Gloucester Mail Centre is to close with operations moved to Bristol. Credit: ITV West

Almost 400 jobs are at risk at a sorting office in Gloucester following Royal Mail's annnouncement it will close next year.

The company will relocate to Bristol and says it hopes to minimise job reductions and make the changes without compulsory redundancies. It follows an eight month consultation with the Communication Workers Union.

Some mail processing and collections work will move to Gloucester North and Stroud delivery offices, and some mail collections will also be moved to Gloucester South and Lydney delivery offices.

Royal Mail blames digital technology for a decline in the amount of post it deals with at the site. There's been a 27% fall in the number of letters Royal Mail deals with in the Gloucester area.

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Royal Mail threat to close Gloucester site

The Royal Mail is considering closing its operation in Gloucester and moving it to Bristol.

It would mean the closure and sale of the Gloucester mail centre and the potential loss of jobs.

The plan follows five months of consultation with staff and trade unions.

Royal Mail is also proposing to create two mail processing units at the existing Gloucester North and Stroud delivery offices.

The organisation says its proposed change is in response to the challenges from digital communication, competition and mail volume decline.

A final decision will be made this autumn