Wisbech smallholder speaks of his “nightmare” since his road was blocked off

Victor Britain with his mail that took over 2 weeks to arrive.

Victor Britain with his mail that took over 2 weeks to arrive. - Credit: Archant

A WISBECH smallholder says postmen seem to have forgotten he exists since his road was blocked off last November.

Victor Britain with the blocked off New Bridge Lane to his bungalow.

Victor Britain with the blocked off New Bridge Lane to his bungalow. - Credit: Archant

Victor Britain, 76, of New Bridge Lane, Wisbech, claims he went almost two months without receiving post before a pile of letters arrived in his letterbox on Tuesday.

Mr Britain woke up one morning last November to find two concrete pumps blocking the road he had used for 30 years to get to his home.

He said: “Since they blocked off the road I’ve had nothing but trouble with the mail. It’s been a nightmare.

“I got a tax form on February 14 and then nothing came until Tuesday when I got a fistful of post.


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“Letters should be delivered within a couple of days of being sent but mine haven’t and when mail does arrive it often belongs to other people.

“My wife’s not well and there could be important letters from the doctor we are missing out on.”

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Network Rail’s decision to close the unmanned Bramley Line crossing on New Bridge Lane last year means Mr Britain faces a two to three mile diversion through an industrial area, down a narrow road with parked cars and along a winding waterlogged path to get to the main road.

He was told it is Network Rail policy to close railway crossings as a safety precaution but the stretch of line near his phone has not been used since 1981 and lies derelict.

Mr Britain has contacted Royal Mail about his predicament but says, despite being told it would be resolved, nothing has changed.

He said: “I’ve rung Royal Mail’s head office and they said they would sort it out I’m still having problems. They don’t care about me.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We are puzzled by Mr Britain’s claims as all mail for him is being delivered as normal. “If he has any queries about Royal Mail services, we would advise him to contact our customer services team.”

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