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Night trains to return.

Royal Mail chiefs are planning to re-introduce overnight mail trains to improve services - just five months after they were ditched.

The last one arrived in the North East on January 9, after which they were scrapped and replaced by road and air deliveries.

The move was intended to save the company pounds 90m a year but sorting offices have struggled to meet targets.

Continual failure to deliver on time have prompted bosses to bring back the trains as early as next month. A spokesman for the firm said: "We made changes to the transport network in January but if an agreement with rail operators can be made, we will consider making new arrangements."

MPs say there have been problems getting letters from Newcastle Airport to rural sorting offices.

Hexham MP Peter Atkinson said: "The poor old postmen and women are getting stick but it's not their fault."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 17, 2004
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