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Publisher reveals plans for new printing site

A newspaper publisher has announced plans to build a £50m new printing site to replace a current base.

Proposals have been revealed by A&N Media, which runs Associated Newspapers and Northcliffe Media, to relocate its South London printing operation at Surrey Quays to a new site in Thurrock, Essex, and a consultation with staff has started.

Under the plans, the presses would be upgraded and transferred to the new site over a period of three-and-a-half years, with an investment of £45-50m in the new plant, after which the Surrey Quays base would close.

The Surrey Quays site is run by A&N Media’s printing division Harmsworth Printing Limited and prints the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the Metro, although the latter will not be produced at the new operation.