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Christmas rush The days of sorting Britain's post by hand are sinking further into history with construction of an automated Royal Mail centre in Leeds capable of processing over two million letters e

As contractors and their construction sites battle to regain full productivity after the long seasonal break, Christmas 1998 seems a long way distant. But not so for engineers erecting a mammoth steel frame on the outskirts of Leeds, where the number of posting days to Christmas is a crucial factor in their contract's critical path.

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