Royal Mail is reported to have decided to reduce numbers of postal staff travelling by bicycle, those planning mailing campaigns may be interested to hear.

Postmen and women will instead cover their local area using a van and battery-powered trolleys to help them carry letters from door-to-door.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail’s cycle supplier Pashley said it expected their 38-year deal to end “imminently”.

The changes are necessary to “deliver the mail as efficiently as possible”, according to a spokesperson for the postal service.

“We will continue to use a range of vans, trolleys and bikes where appropriate,” he added.

Last week saw members of the Communication Workers’ Union, which includes a number of Royal Mail staff, meet with criticism from business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson.

The minister said the union needs to “wake up” to the reality of the need to modernise the Post Office.

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