Tesco is to close three of its regional DCs after carrying out a strategic review of its distribution network.

The supermarket has revealed it is to close three DCs in Harlow in Essex, Chesterfield in Derbyshire and Weybridge in Surrey, as well as cutting staff at Welham Green in Hertfordshire and Magor in south Wales, putting 1,850 jobs at risk.

It also plans to open two new DCs in Reading  and Dagenham in Essex when the closures take place.

A Tesco spokeswoman told Motortransport.co.uk that there are 318 driving jobs at risk, but drivers will be offered jobs elsewhere in the network. The new DCs will create 2,000 jobs, including 422 driving roles.

The spokeswoman said: “We’ve been reviewing our distribution network and have confirmed plans to close some of our current distribution centres and open new ones that will give our customers a better service and improve working conditions for our colleagues.”