CitySprint is accelerating its drive for regional growth with the acquisition of Dorset-based Astral Couriers.

This latest purchase by CitySprint, announced today (24 October), is its second acquisition this year, following on the heels of its acquisition of Manchester courier business EcoSpeed.

Blandford Forum-based Astral, which was launched in 1995 with just one van has grown to offer customers nationwide and global courier services.

Announcing the deal CitySprint, which is owned by DPDgroup, said that Astral’s service specialism “aligns perfectly” with its same day expertise, and allows CitySprint further strengthen its presence in the Southwest.

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In turn, Astral’s customers get to access to CitySprint’s national same day delivery network, which can reach over 88% of mainland UK within 60 minutes.

Astral’s clients and customers will also be able to access CitySprint’s same day delivery services and its fleet of over 3,500 vehicles.

Gary West, CitySprint chief executive said, “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Astral and look forward to welcoming their team to the CitySprint family.

“Astral enjoys a strong reputation in the Dorset and Southwest region. And as our second acquisition this year, it represents another important step in our growth strategy.”

He continued: “Looking ahead, it remains very much business as usual for Astral’s customers. There will be no changes to their current service or account contacts, but they can now enjoy access to our wider courier network and nationwide logistics service offering.”