Building work is now officially underway on the new £6 million DB Cargo UK Logistics Centre in Wolverhampton. The first mark in the ground was celebrated with a ceremony attended by council officials, colleagues and customers.
The new centre will increase the sites capabilities to handle and store steel coil from 1,380 to 3,325 steel coils, which is 40,000 tonnes of steel. Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK transports the coils by rail to the site, where it is then distributed to manufacturers across the West Midlands to produce products such as white goods and cars. The Wolverhampton Logistics Centre is set to open in summer 2018.
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO at DB Cargo UK, said: "The breaking of the ground is a major step forward in the development of the Wolverhampton Logistics Centre. We first opened our facilities in Wolverhampton in 1966, when the city was at the centre of steel and iron production.
"Now, over 50 years later, the industry has changed massively but the site is still of huge importance. Building the new centre will expand our capabilities and the number of rail services we can provide, offering our customers a fast, efficient, reliable and eco-friendly way to transport their steel.
"We are very pleased to support the British manufacturing industry and the City of Wolverhampton with the development. Over 6 million pounds has been invested into the site and three new jobs will be created when the centre opens."
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy at the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "This is great news for DB Cargo UK and for the city in terms of investment and jobs. It is yet another example of how businesses are thriving in Wolverhampton. There is currently £3.7 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline in the City of Wolverhampton."