This is to help you with a few pointers on Royal Mail and its staff from someone that works in the network.
First of all a day in the life of a postman:
A postman starts his day at half five in the morning when he arrives at work the goes onto whats called group sorting where he sorts all mail
for his delivery
area into various walks. This can be anywhere between 15 and 40 different walks.
He completes this in about 30-45 minutes depending on the amount of mail that he has to sort (Christmas periods and this could be double the time.)
After this he goes to his own delivery frame where he then sorts all the mail for his walk. He clears round all his designated boxes then sorts his mail into order ready to
be bundled up and delivered. This can take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours again depending on the amount of mail that he has to deliver.
When he has finished this he then collects a bag from the packet frame that contains all the packets that are on his walk. all packets to big for his delivery bundle will stay lose in his bag. These are remembered by him turning a letter in his bundle the other way round in his bundle and writing pkt (packet) on the letter. he then knows that he has a packet for that address. The same technique is used for recorded and special delivery items.
Around eight o'clock a missort run arrives in the office with a few more items that have been sent elsewhere first mainly due to incomplete addresses or a dodgy postcode.
When he has collected these few items he will the bundle his mail up into whatever he feels comfortable with. He prepares his bag that he will take with him and then a second and third bag which he will send out with a driver to points around his walk so he does not have to carry it all.
He then gets to the start of his walk either by foot, car or bus and starts delivery of his items. Whether its sunny, rainy, snowing, windy e.t.c
. he will deliver his items. Delivery of his items can take anywhere between two and a half to five hours depending on the amount of mail he has and the conditions that he is delvery in. Also some posties are quicker than others.
When he has finished his round he puts all the items he coulkd not deliver into a yellow pouch and this is posted or dropped in at a post office and gets sent back to him for tomorrow. This pouch will hold any recorded delivery items that he could not get a signature for and any items he could not get rid of because they was too big for the customers letter box.
Now a few services that Royal Mial provides:
1st or 2nd class: Standard and most popular sort of posting. 1ST class should arrive the next day if sent in uk and 2nd class the day after. In my time at royal mail 2nd class items do not take the extra day to get there and now i send all my post 2nd class and about 95% of the time its there the next day. Some destinations in the UK though can not be reached the next day so an extra day is needed. Not sure of these addresses but can find out if anyone wants to know.