Lake Lothing Third Crossing

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Lake Lothing Third Crossing

Received 24 September 2018
From BNP Paribas Real Estate on behalf of Royal Mail Group Limited


Royal Mail Group Limited (Royal Mail) hereby wishes to notify the Examining Authority under section 89(2A) b of the Planning Act 2008 that Royal Mail is to become an Interested Party to the Examination into the Lake Lothing Third Crossing.
Under section 35 of the Postal Services Act 2011 (the “Act”), Royal Mail has been designated by Ofcom as a provider of the Universal Postal Service. Royal Mail is the only such provider in the United Kingdom.
The Act provides that Ofcom’s primary regulatory duty is to secure the provision of the Universal Postal Service. Ofcom discharges this duty by imposing regulatory conditions on Royal Mail, requiring it to provide the Universal Postal Service. The Act includes a set of minimum standards for Universal Service Providers, which Ofcom must secure. The conditions imposed by Ofcom reflect those standards.
Royal Mail is under some of the highest specification performance obligations for quality of service in Europe. Its performance of the Universal Service Provider obligations is in the public interest and should not be affected detrimentally by any statutorily authorised project.
Royal Mail’s postal sorting and delivery operations rely heavily on road communications. Royal Mail’s ability to provide efficient mail collection, sorting and delivery to the public is sensitive to changes in the capacity of the highway network.
Royal Mail is a major road user nationally. Disruption to the highway network and traffic delays can have direct consequences on Royal Mail’s operations, its ability to meet the Universal Service Obligation and comply with the regulatory regime for postal services thereby presenting a significant risk to Royal Mail’s business.
Royal Mail’s nearest operational property is Lowestoft Delivery Office, Barnards Way, Lowestoft NR32 2ER, situated approximately 250 metres from the nearest part of the proposal site boundary on Peto Way.
Every day, in exercising its statutory duties Royal Mail vehicles use all of the main roads that may potentially be affected by additional traffic arising from the construction of the proposed Lake Lothing Third Crossing. In particular, Peto Way and Tom Crisp Way are major routes for operational vehicles from Lowestoft Delivery Office.
Royal Mail therefore wishes to ensure the protection of its future ability to provide an efficient mail sorting and delivery service to the public in accordance with its statutory obligations which may be adversely affected by the construction and operation of this proposed scheme.
In order to address this, Royal Mail requests that:
1. Royal Mail is pre-consulted by Suffolk County Council or its contractors on any proposed road closures/ diversions/ alternative access arrangements, hours of working and the content of the final Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP).

2. The final CTMP includes provision for a mechanism to inform major road users about works affecting the local network (with particular regard to Royal Mail’s distribution facilities in the vicinity of the DCO application site).

Royal Mail may simply rely on this statement but reserves the right to make further representations to the Examination in due course once further information is available.