DPD has opened two new facilities after reporting its volumes had surged 40% year-on-year.

The carrier has opened a site in Barking for the first time, with a new, purpose built 45,200ft² depot.

DPD has also replaced its Nottingham depot with a new 60,000ft² DC in the area. The move improves DPD's coverage of the area, allowing for 133 new delivery routes, and will also create 209 new jobs when fully operational.

DPD CEO Dwain McDonald said: "Investment in new locations, larger, purpose-built depots and our new, larger DCs make a huge difference to our operational efficiency.

"Nottingham gives us room to carry on growing, while gaining a new location within the M25 gives our drivers better access to major road networks, helping to improve mileage, journey times and CO2 emissions.

"Our business has grown rapidly in the last few years due to the popularity of our innovative services which put consumers in control of their own delivery. The new facilities at Nottingham and Barking are the latest in our ongoing investment in our infrastructure and will help us continue to deliver a first-class service to businesses, online retailers and their customers for years to come."

Earlier this year the carrier announced its parcel volumes at weekends were up by 40%, and that it intended to create up to 700 new jobs to meet the increased demand.

The parcel delivery company, which is shortlisted for a number of Motor Transport Awards, is also set to open Europe's largest automated parcel hub in 2020 with a new site in Hinkley.