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Six hundred jobs are up for grabs; Royal Mail launch recruitment drive for new centre.

Byline: ANNETTE MORGAN

MORE than 600 jobs are to be created in Crick when the Royal Mail's new pounds 40m distribution centre opens in September.

Royal Mail bosses are looking to sign up about 350 employees straight away in the first of three recruitment drives, launched this week.

A further 300 will be taken on after the opening.

The new mail distribution centre, being built on a 30-acre site at the DIRFT logistics park at junction 18 of the M1, will eventually employ more than 800 people.

Posts on offer include hub operators and network and collection drivers. Full and part-time positions will be available.

The depot will handle the bulk of mail from all parts of the country.

Rugby borough council leader Craig Humphrey (Cons, Bilton) said it was excellent news: "This is a tremendous boost for the borough, especially in the light of the bad news from Alstom over the past two years.

"Rugby has bucked the national trend for unemployment recently, having a rate of under two per cent, and this will help matters further.

"It also proves there is no need for an airport that could create 69,000 jobs here - where would the workforce come from?"

Royal Mail logistics managing director Paul Bateson said the hub would help boost the local economy.

"The new distribution hub is a vital part of our plan to create a more simple and cost-effective transport network and the staff there will play an important role in ensuring letters are carried efficiently," he said.

Details of jobs and application packs can be obtained by ringing the Royal Mail recruitment line on 0800 3580640.

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