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Ipswich: Sorting office faces uncertain future

PUBLISHED: 11:26 10 November 2012

Ipswich Post Office sorting office

Ipswich Post Office sorting office

THE future of the sorting office in Ipswich is today under threat as the Royal Mail has started a review of its operations.

The office, in Commercial Road, employs 230 people sorting letters and parcels – and those jobs could be under threat if it closes.

Work would be expected to transfer to large sorting offices at Chelmsford and Norwich.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Mail said: “It is too early to say what the impact on these people will be as this depends on the 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.

“By asking people to demonstrate reasonable flexibility, we expect to be able to find roles for everyone who wants to continue to work for Royal Mail.”

The review is expected to be completed by March next year, and the final decision is due to be made in May.

Earlier this week it was announced that Cambridge sorting office would close in 2014 and its work would be transfered to Chelmsford and Peterborough.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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