Guernsey

Guernsey Post ends Saturday mail deliveries

Guernsey Post has ended its Saturday deliveries in a move that it said would allow it to make "necessary savings".

The 24th of March marked the last Saturday post delivery, and also the last weekend collection for local and international mail.

The company also announced that the mail plane would arrive 30 minutes later from 26 March, which may impact delivery times.

A five-day week for Guernsey Post was approved by the States in October 2011.

Deputies allowed a change to the universal service obligation (USO) to be made.

The USO governs the minimum deliveries Guernsey Post is required to make.

The move was supported by Guernsey's industry regulator, the Office of Utility Regulation.

Boley Smillie, the chief executive of Guernsey Post, said in February 2012 that nine jobs would be lost as a result of the reduction in deliveries and the company would save about £400,000 a year.

Anything posted over the weekend will now be collected from post boxes on Monday morning, with mail being distributed locally and dispatched internationally on the same day.

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