DP World has commenced construction on a new driver welfare facility at its logistics hub in Southampton. The new facility will include amenities such as a restaurant, café, bathrooms, and showers. Furthermore, it will provide a secure parking lot for over 120 lorries with round-the-clock security. The site will span 7,500 sq m and is expected to address concerns such as traffic and carbon emissions in the area. DP World is partnering with Earlcoate, its long-term construction partner, on the project. Jonathan Scott, Head of Engineering at DP World Southampton, stated that the investment in driver welfare was critical to the supply chain’s success, given the intense pressure to lower costs and enhance reliability.
DP World leased the site from ABP, the Port of Southampton operator, earlier this year. The project is part of DP World’s wider investment of £1bn in the UK over the next ten years. DP World, which operates in 78 countries and handles 10% of global trade, aims to integrate its European transportation capabilities, forwarding and logistics into its global network.
In conclusion, this new facility is a significant investment and strategic move by DP World to enhance its supply chain capabilities in the UK and support the welfare of HGV drivers, all while mitigating emissions in the area.