DELIVERY specialist Hermes, is to build an automated parcel distribution hub located in Barnsley, near Sheffield.

Due for completion in 2022, the £60 million development claims to be the largest of its kind in Europe and will create around 1,300 new jobs in the area. Up to 800 people will work on site during shifts.

The 363,000sq.ft facility, named Colossus, will initially process 1.3 million parcels daily; boosting the company’s overall capacity to 3.8 million a day.

CNG vehicles will be based at the hub and there will be provisions for electric cars.