Postal deliveries expected to continue in Wickham Market during High Street’s two weeks of closure
Postal services are “expected” to continue in an east Suffolk village despite two weeks of disruption caused by gas main works.
Royal Mail made assurances to its customers in Wickham Market following concerns raised about access to the village’s post office, which will be restricted for a fortnight as part of planned work by National Grid.
The seven-week project, which began on Monday, will see High Street completely closed to traffic for two weeks starting next Monday. People in the village were warned by National Grid last month the works would cause disruption but were necessary to provide gas to a new housing development.
The initial work plan would have seen the post office car park completely closed off, and National Grid later agreed to allow partial access. Questions remained, however, over whether the Royal Mail would be able to make deliveries during that time.
Responding to the concerns, Royal Mail spokeswoman Ronit Wolfson said: “We expect to be able to complete all of our deliveries while the National Grid works are going on.
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“Our distribution team is in discussions with the Post Office and National Grid to make alternative arrangements for our vehicles to ensure that Royal Mail customers are not impacted by the engineering works.”
Caron Kirk, who runs the post office, said the roadworks had already affected her business and she expected the two weeks of road closure to be a “disaster”.
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National Grid said it would “make every effort to minimise any inconvenience caused by our work.”
Businesses whose profits have been affected by the work are able to apply for compensation. Visit www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas