M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 18 May 2020
From BNP Paribas Real Estate on behalf of Royal Mail Group Limited

Representation

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 this should not be affected detrimentally by any statutorily authorised project. The Government imposes financial penalties on Royal Mail if its Universal Service Obligation service delivery targets are not met. These penalties relate to time targets for: • collections, • clearance through plant, and • delivery. 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. Wolverhampton NE and Landywood DO are within 2 miles of the project and a further eight operational facilities within 9 miles: • Wolverhampton NW DO • North West Midlands MC/MED/LAN/DO • Cannock DO • Wednesbury DO/HUB • Walsall DO/DMB/PAR • Bliston DO • Brewood PAR • Alderidge DO The M6 and M54 are both strategically important distribution routes for Royal Mail services, important to mail handling and delivery at the regional and national levels. All Royal Mail vehicles / services that use Junction 1 of the M54 and Junction 11 of the M6 are at risk of delays during the proposed 3 year construction period. In exercising its statutory duties, Royal Mail vehicles use all of the local roads that the proposed new Toll Link Road will cross or be constructed adjacent to on a daily basis. Royal Mail wishes to ensure the protection of its future ability to provide an efficient mail sorting and delivering service to the public in accordance with its statutory obligations that may be adversely affected by the construction of this proposed scheme. In order to do this, Royal Mail requests that: 1. the DCO includes information on the needs of major road users and service providers (such as Royal Mail) and acknowledges the requirement to ensure that they are not disrupted though full consultation at the appropriate time in the DCO and development process. 2. the final CTMP includes a mechanism to inform major road users (including Royal Mail) about works affecting the local highways network. 3. Royal Mail requests that it is fully pre-consulted by Highways England on any proposed road closures / diversions/ alternative access arrangements, hours of working and the content of the CTMP. As well as, where possible provide potential alternative access arrangements for impacted Royal Mail sites and other business road users. Royal Mail reserves its position to object to the DCO application if the above requests are not adequately addressed.