MPs welcome jobs boost at new Parcelforce depotMar 11, 2014
The new depot at Tongwell is part of a UK-wide expansion programme by Parcelforce Worldwide, Royal Mail Group’s express parcel business, which has already created 60 new jobs.
It expects to create a further 40 over the next three years.
The Parcelforce Worldwide expansion, which also has its headquarters in Milton Keynes at Caldecotte Lake, is part of Royal Mail Group’s strategy to grow its parcels businesses in the UK and overseas.
Area general manager Tony Flint said: “This depot is an essential part of our investment to grow our business.”
The new depot, at 8,868 sq metres three times the size of Parcelforce’s former site at Redmoor, was officially opened by Milton Keynes MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart.
Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “I am delighted that Parcelforce Worldwide is expanding its Milton Keynes operation. I welcome the creation of local jobs for constituents which create a real boost for the local economy.”
Mr Lancaster added: “As well as being a UK and international parcel delivery service, Parcelforce Worldwide is a local business and employer. I’m pleased that businesses and individuals in Milton Keynes can benefit from this service.”
The new depot has the capacity to hold up to 116 vehicles and handle up to thirty thousand parcels a day. The increased capacity will enable Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business to meet the growth in demand in the business-to-business, business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer parcels markets.
Mr Flint said: “It will enable us to handle more parcels for the Milton Keynes areas while ensuring we continue to provide a very high level of service to all of our customers.”
The new Milton Keynes operation is one of 12 new, expanded or improved depots by Parcelforce Worldwide in the past year. It has opened a new purpose-built parcels processing centre in Chorley, Lancashire.
This is in addition to Parcelforce Worldwide’s existing national and international hubs in Coventry.