Royal Mail may close several postal centres in the north-west amid large scale restructuring plans, it has been announced.

Mail centres serving Bolton, Manchester, Preston, Oldham, Stockport, Liverpool and Crewe are all being reviewed as part of plans to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the northern region, reports Hell Mail.

Royal Mail said it is currently considering a range of options which are crucial to the long-term future of mail operations in the areas in question and once its findings are complete, it will discuss its plans with trade unions and employees.

Workers at other mail centres across the UK have already faced closures or relocation and it is feared many jobs will go as Royal Mail simplifies and reduces its mail sorting network to key units along main motorway routes.

Offline direct marketers who heavily rely on Royal Mail’s postal services could also be affected as the threat of further closures loom large.

Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid recently spoke out about a “very worrying” report which revealed that Royal Mail is making “substantial losses” because of its policy of delivering letters anywhere in the country for one price.
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