Parcel Automation – Next Phase of Deployment Activity

No: 321/2020


For the Immediate Attention of All:


Postal Branches

Divisional Representatives

Area Processing Representatives


Dear Colleagues


Parcel Automation – Next Phase of Deployment Activity


Royal Mail has informed the union of the next phase of Phase in the ongoing deployment of Parcel Automation within the Mail Centre Estate. Branches will be aware that 20 Parcel Sortation Machines (PSM) have already been deployed across 16 Mail Centre sites.


The next phase will involve the deployment of a revised specification PSM to four additional sites:


Medway Mail Centre

Nottingham Mail Centre

Southampton Mail Centre

Tyneside Mail Centre


The exact timing and order of deployment has yet to be finalised however the plan is that the first PSM will be ready for operational use by March 2021.


The deployment will continue to be supported by the National Parcel Automation Joint Working Group and representatives at the four sites are requested to engage with management on the detail for their site including interim arrangements during the installation and operational and training requirements.


Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to


Davie Robertson,

Assistant Secretary,

email: dwyatt@cwu.org