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Received 08 January 2018
From BNP Paribas Real Estate on behalf of Royal Mail Group Limited


Royal Mail is responsible for providing efficient mail sorting and delivery nationally. As the Universal Service Provider under the Postal Services Act 2011, Royal Mail has a statutory duty to deliver mail to every residential and business address in the country, as well as collecting mail from all Post Offices and post boxes six days a week.

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 highly 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 Grays Delivery Office at Hogg Lane, Grays RM17 5QB is circa 5 miles from the Tilbury2 site. There are two other operational facilities within 12 miles:
West Thurrock Distribution Hub - Trade Link Weston Avenue, Grays RM20 3FJ
London East Depot - Oliver Road, Grays RM20 3ED

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 Tilbury2.
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.

Royal Mail is concerned that during the construction and possibly operational phases of this proposed new port scheme its ability to provide an efficient mail sorting and delivery service to the public, in accordance with its statutory obligations, may be adversely affected.
Royal Mail asks that Port of Tilbury London Limited and the Examining Authority take note of the above concerns.

As a minimum, Royal Mail requests that the applicant is required by the Examining Authority to:

1. Give careful consideration to potential cumulative construction traffic impacts and remediation measures to mitigate adverse impacts on the capacity of the highways network.

2. Acknowledge the requirement to ensure that major road users are not disrupted through full consultation at the appropriate times during the DCO and development processes.

3. Fully consult Royal Mail in advance on the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and name Royal Mail in the list of transport operators for consultation on usage of the network.
Royal Mail reserves its position to object to the DCO application during the Examination if the above requests are not adequately addressed.