Infrabel awards British Steel major rail contract


British Steel has secured a major new four-year contract from Infrabel, Belgium’s national rail infrastructure manager, for the maintenance and renewal of the country’s rail network.

The deal will see British Steel supply between 35,000 and 40,000 tonnes of rail a year from January 2019.

British Steel’s commercial director for rail Richard Bell said: “We operate in a highly competitive market so it’s extremely pleasing that, after a short break, Infrabel have again named us as their main supplier. It’s a great endorsement of our products and services and securing another contract with a national network operator is a source of enormous pride.”

The steel for the rails will be manufactured at British Steel’s headquarters in Scunthorpe, before being transported to the company’s state-of-the art rail rolling facility in Hayange, France.

From Hayange, a shuttle service will deliver train loads of the rail direct to Infrabel’s welding plants in varying lengths. The main grade of rail will be British Steel’s R260 although there’ll also be smaller volumes of its stress-free heat-treated and switch rails.

A spokesperson for Infrabel added: “The quality of the product, the security of the supply chain and the reliability of the partners are crucial during the execution of the contract.

“Infrabel is therefore looking forward to the good cooperation with British Steel during the next four years.”

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