British Steel awarded London Underground rail framework extension

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Transport for London (TfL) has awarded Scunthorpe-based British Steel with a two-year contract extension for the supply of rails to the London Underground.

Since being awarded a framework agreement in 2012, the company has supplied over 42,000 tonnes of rail for use on the track infrastructure – over 85% of TfL’s annual rail requirements.

The agreement will see rail products, designed and manufactured in the UK, continue to be installed on the Underground – reducing operational costs and journey times for passengers.

The framework extension for rail supply will see British Steel supply London Underground with around 4,000 tonnes of rail per year and for the first time this will include:

  • HP335 – Rail designed to reduce wear, plastic flow and rolling contact fatigue, therefore reducing the need to carry out costly and time-consuming repairs
  • Zinoco® – The only coated rail of its kind in the world which provides protection in harsh and corrosive conditions, extending track life.

Both rails have been given formal product approval by London Underground.

Peter Smith, British Steel’s Managing Director Rail, said: “We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Transport for London and helping ensure the world’s most famous rail network continues to meet the demands of millions of passengers.

“By working closely together we’re able to develop and install new and unique products that maximise track availability and allow trains to run faster, thus providing major benefits for operators and their customers.”