Mark Reckless MP joined the Mayor of Medway, Cllr David Brake, and Tom Willis, Regional Operations Director for Royal Mail, at Monday’s ground-breaking ceremony at the site of Royal Mail’s new ‘super’ sorting office in Norman Road, Strood.
The ‘Medway Mail Centre’, which is expected to be finished in January 2012, was hailed by Mr Willis as being set to be ‘the best mail centre in the world’. It will see mail services for the whole of Kent and work currently done in Tonbridge, Dartford, Maidstone and Canterbury, consolidated in Medway.
“This is an exciting project which could provide a real boost to the local economy and 700 Strood based jobs. In the near-term the Royal Mail is providing generous assistance to workers currently based at other locations, including season tickets for travel to Strood. Over time though the centre will recruit large numbers of local people.
The location of the new centre on formerly developed but currently unused land is a significant step forward in the wider regeneration of Strood, and I welcome Royal Mail’s decision to locate their sorting hub here in Medway.
Once again Medway is showing that it is open for business and has the infrastructure to attract large-scale investment into the Towns. My congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen and best wishes to the Royal Mail workforce and the building contractors who are embarking on such a substantial project.”