Transport Secretary opens DHL Heathrow hub

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has formally opened DHL Express’ new southern hub, that is located on the western edge of Heathrow Airport.

The new 150,000 square foot hub employs more than 750 staff. It handles express shipments for the South East of England. It cost DHL €65 million to build and will run 24/7 and can process up to 28,000 packages per hour.

“Our new Southern Hub ensures that we’re able to meet the needs of our customers long into the future,” said DHL Express UK chief executive, Ian Wilson. “It also offers our people an excellent working environment and brings together multiple areas of our business, creating a truly ‘as one’ working environment – something that’s really important to us here at DHL.”

Grayling said: “Heathrow carries more freight by value than all of the UK’s other airports combined and this new centre will allow DHL Express to carry even more air cargo over the coming years.

“This hub opens at an exciting time as the government is consulting on proposals for a new north-west runway at Heathrow, which will help connect more British global customers than ever before.”

DHL’s move seems to mirror many of the major players in the delivery industry who are collectively investing hundreds of millions of pounds into building new capacity in the UK. This trend seems to have been more pronounced since the Brexit vote last summer. While the stakes are high after Article 50 is signed, there are a lot of investors confident in the outcome… 
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