PEOPLE in the Holmfirth area are complaining about post being delivered late - just days after second deliveries were axed.
On Monday, Royal Mail introduced single deliveries in HD9 postcode areas, covering Holmfirth and Meltham.
But angry customers are complaining that mail which used to arrive in the morning is now being delivered after noon.
Businessman Eric Charlesworth said his company was now getting first-class post as late as 3pm.
Mr Charlesworth, who runs Meltham Carbide Precision at Bent Ley Road, Meltham, said: "We are a small firm and rely on the post for orders and payments.
"When we got our post in the morning, we were able to bank any cheques the same day.
"But when the post doesn't get here until 3pm we don't have time to bank cheques in Huddersfield - meaning it takes five days instead of four days for them to clear."
Mr Charlesworth added: "Our post used to arrive at 8am. Sometimes, it includes orders that customers want despatching the same day.
"But since the change to single delivery we have been getting our mail at 1pm, 1.45pm and 3pm."
The complaints come just days after Huddersfield postal workers were praised as the best performers in the country for ensuring next-day deliveries.
Royal Mail figures for April to December last year showed that 95.1% of first-class mail posted in the HD postcode area got to its destination the next day.
Royal Mail defended the move to amalgamate first and second deliveries on grounds of cost.
A spokesman said the move meant a lot of postal rounds had been altered.
So-called "short walks" - which allowed some postal workers to get back to the sorting office to prepare for the second delivery - had been scrapped.
Postal workers were still learning their new routes.
The spokesman added: "The whole process has been pushed back as people are learning."
He apologised to customers who faced delays, but asked them to be patient while the system settled down.
He said delivery times would improve for many customers, but said it was inevitable that someone would be last to get their mail.
He urged people to contact Royal Mail customer services on 08457 740740, adding: "We may be able to make some adjustments where problems persist."