Royal Mail Cambridge closure 'threatens 200 jobs'

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Media captionIn the past five years the number of items posted to and from Cambridge has dropped by a third

Up to 200 jobs are under threat after Royal Mail announced plans to close its processing plant in Cambridge, a union has said.

Royal Mail wants to relocate the bulk of its operations to Peterborough with the remainder going to Chelmsford.

It said the decision had been formed after a six-month consultation with staff and trade unions.

A Communication Workers Union (CWU) spokesman said it would be "a disaster for Cambridge postal workers' jobs".

Royal Mail said the move was being considered "in response to the challenges from digital communication, competition and mail volume decline", and was part of a review of its business.

'Negative impact'

Figures published by the company in June indicated the volume of letters in the UK fell by 6% compared to the previous year.

In Cambridge, it said the volume of items posted to and from the city and surrounding areas had fallen by more than 30% in the past five years.

In a statement, Royal Mail said: "There are around 200 staff currently working at Cambridge mail centre.

"It is too early to say what the impact of the proposal will be on these people as this depends on the final outcome of the consultation with our unions and our people.

"Royal Mail's aim is to minimise any job reductions. Our intention is to make changes without compulsory redundancies."

The CWU's regional spokesman, Mark Toner, said: "We are very concerned that this plan will result in up to 200 manual jobs lost in the Cambridge area, in conjunction with a negative impact upon the postal service on offer to Cambridge residents and businesses alike.

"The plan will increase traffic on the infamous A14 which already has many issues.

"Now the city's post will be held hostage to fortune on how the A14 is flowing on any given day."

A final decision is expected later in the autumn.

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