Tata Steel in Scunthorpe keeps its deliveries moving after landslide between Thorne and Stainforth blocks railway line
A huge landslide, which cut rail services between Scunthorpe and the East Coast Main Line at Doncaster, has seen Tata Steel ensure its customers are not affected.
Diversionary rail routes and extra road transport were being used to make sure customers' steel gets to them on time.
Jan Steenberg, Tata Steel's Supply Chain Director Long Products, said contingency plans for such an incident had been in place for some time, and, following the landslip, had worked well.
He said: "It was a major team effort to come up with a creative solution which would ensure steel could be delivered to customers and materials could get in to the Scunthorpe site.
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"Inevitably transit times were being extended constricting loading and discharge times at the Tata Steel sites. To compensate some additional rail wagons were brought into use from storage by our rail service provider DB Schenker."
And he added: "I am delighted with the way the team at Supply Chain Planning and Logistics were able to implement our contingency plans and think creatively to ensure there was the least possible impact to customers or the company."
Alternative rail routing arrangements were being deployed to by-pass the landslip, with northbound trains moving via Barnetby and Brigg before joining the East Coast Main Line at Doncaster. Southbound trains were being routed via Barnetby and Lincoln, before joining the East Coast Main Line at Newark.
Raw material train (coal/iron-ore) movements between Immingham and Scunthorpe have been unaffected.