Great Blakenham: Jobs at risk under DX Group plans to close Nightfreight parcels depot

Lorries at a Nightfreight depot

Lorries at a Nightfreight depot - Credit: Archant

Around 30 jobs are at risk under plans to close the depot of parcel carrier Nightfreight at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.

The move follows the acquisition of the Nightfreight network in March last year by the DX Group.

The two businesses have continued to operate separately following the deal, while sharing sales, marketing and IT support, but a number of Nightfreight sites are now thought to be earmarked for closure, with the depot in Lodge Lane, Great Blakenham among the first to be affected.

A DX spokesman said: “Following DX’s acquisition of Nightfreight in March 2012, it soon became clear that some of Nightfreight’s depot infrastructure was in serious need of repair and, unfortunately, in some cases, will mean the operations transferring to new locations.

“Where possible we will try to relocate as many colleagues as we can, although sometimes this is not always possible.

“We are working with JobCentre Plus and a number of other local companies in order to minimise the impact these changes will have on our workforce. The company is totally committed to delivering exceptional service for our customers and we will continue to focus our attentions on strengthening the Nightfreight business to provide a sustainable future for all.”

At the time of the deal last year, which saw Nightfreight’s chief executive Ian Smith join the DX management team as strategy director, DX said that it planned to invest up to £20million in Nightfreight.

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DX chief executive Petar Cvetkovic described the deal as creating “a clear market-leader with scale and a more diversified customer offer”.