‘Where is my package?’ Royal Mail warns of delivery delays – full list of postcodes

In the midst of the traditionally busy new year period, the Royal Mail has experienced delays to services in certain areas. Read on for a full list of postcodes and mail centres that have had postal delays over the past few days

Find out which areas have been affected
Find out which areas have been affected by Royal Mail delays

In what is regarded as its busiest time of the year, the Royal Mail has experienced delays over the Christmas period.

The entire festive period can be tough for the postal service and while delays before Christmas are generally the most significant, things are also often a little slower into the new year.

This is the case this year, with the Royal Mail saying that although it is doing its best to get parcels to people on time there are still delays for certain parts of the country.

The company has stated that some mail was despatched or processed with delays in recent days.

People living in certain postcodes will be particularly affected.

Which areas have been affected by Royal Mail delays?

Deliveries have been affected in some areas, although services seem to be beginning to return to normal


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The following mail centres and postcodes have been affected by delays over the past week.

  • South Midlands Mail Centre: CV, LE, MK and NN postcode areas.
  • Chester Mail Centre: CH, LL and SY postcode areas affected.
  • Birmingham Mail Centre: B, HR and WR postcode areas.
  • Warrington Mail Centre: CW, L, WA and WN postcode areas.
  • Croydon Mail Centre: BR, CR, SE and SM postcode areas.

Deliveries are believed to have been running close to normal across most of the country, as of December 30 and December 31.

However, issues have been present in some parts of the country, partly caused by illnesses, Covid-19 self-isolation, resourcing and local factors in the affected postcodes.

Discussing the delays in the postcodes affected, the Royal Mail said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

“We will regularly update customers on the offices most impacted here.”

Over the past week delivery delays have been seen in:

  • Chelmsford DO (CM1 to CM3)
  • East Dulwich (SE22)
  • Finsbury Park DO (N4 and N15)
  • Gerrards Cross DO (SL9)
  • Havant DO (PO9-10)
  • Herne Hill DO (SE24)
  • Hornsey DO (N8)
  • Oxted DO (RH8)
  • South Croydon DO (CR2)
  • St. Helens DO (WA9 to WA11)
  • Sydenham DO (SE26)
  • Upminster DO (RM14)
  • Willesden DO (NW10 and NW26)

The Royal Mail’s website reflects the state of its service and provides updates about what customers can expect.

It makes clear to users that it used not only the roads but also rail and airways to move parcels and letters around the country as efficiently as possible.

At the time of writing the service has warned there will be no collections on New Years Day.

They say: “Ofcom has granted an exception to the universal service throughout the United Kingdom for Saturday 1 January 2022. This means that Royal Mail will not collect or deliver mail on that day.

“Normal deliveries and collections resume on 4 January 2022, with the exception of Scotland due to a Public Holiday.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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