Ocado to transform Dagenham bus depot into delivery hub creating 350 jobs

Ocado are set to bring more 350 jobs to Dagenham (pic: Katie Collins/PA)

Ocado are set to bring more 350 jobs to Dagenham (pic: Katie Collins/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The world’s largest online food retailer is set to transform an old Dagenham bus depot into a regional delivery hub, creating more than 350 jobs.

Ocado were recently granted planning permission to turn the former centre on Chequers Lane into a local warehouse.

The facility will be used to organise goods into individual domestic orders before being shipped out to local residents through a fleet of vans.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Cameron Geddes, said: “It’s great that the existing former bus depot is going to be reused as an Ocado distribution facility generating over 350 jobs.

“The applicants will be working with the council to seek to maximise the amount of local people employed.

“This forms one of a number of new employment opportunities in the borough highlighting clearly that Barking and Dagenham is open for business and ready to support new businesses moving in and creating jobs.”

Bus company First Group closed the depot last October as the firm withdrew from London.

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The move is part of a national expansion for Ocado, who agreed a £200million partnership with Morrisons last year.

The online retailers now deliver more than 36,000 product lines, including goods from Waitrose.

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