Carlisle MP John Stevenson experienced the challenges involved in delivering the post when he joined a local postman on his delivery round in Carlisle on Friday 20 March 2015.
John Stevenson was invited to go out with postmen and women across the UK to see the lengths to which Royal Mail they go to deliver the post.
The purpose of the visit was to give John a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.
Andrew Skinner, Royal Mail Carlisle Delivery Office Manager, who briefed John before he set off on his walk said: “We’re delighted that John is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to show John how we are modernising and transforming the organisation. We are investing in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”
John said: “On my visit I found that postmen and women not only deliver the mail but play an important part in the local communities across the Borders.
“I joined local a postie who has been delivering mail to people in Carlisle for a number of years. This is the best way of getting an insight into the work involved in delivering the mail on a daily basis – they go out in all weathers, and I thank them for all the work they do.”
Royal Mail is currently transforming its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.