Scunthorpe steel could go Forth to major bridge construction project in Scotland, sources suggest
The Tata Steel plant in Scunthorpe is being tipped to receive a New Year order boost north of the border.
It is being suggested by sources in Scotland that some of the steel used to build the New Forth Road will be rolled in Scunthorpe.
The Tata steelworks in Motherwell is also supplying raw materials for the new structure, which will be alongside the iconic railway bridge.
Huge steel girders will support the viaducts at either end of the 1.7 mile long, three tower, cable-stayed structure.
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The £1.6 billion bridge - officially known as the Forth Replacement Crossing - will link Edinburgh and Fife and has been described as the biggest transport infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation.
Construction began in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2016.
John Pentland - Member of the Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw - has welcolmed Tata steel's involvement.
He described it as "good news for workers at the Dalzell steel plant in Motherwell, since it has also been reported that the steel for the contract will be supplied by Tata from their plants in Motherwell and Scunthorpe."
A spokesman for Tata Steel in Scunthorpe was unavailable for comment yesterday.