Tata steel from Scunthorpe helps to get trainline back on track
A THREE million pound boost for the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe has seen the site produce steel for a railway in Northern Ireland.
The route, described by travel broadcaster Michael Palin as one of the world's great railway journeys, will open tomorrow (Friday, March 22) thanks to steel made in Scunthorpe.
Rail track from the town worth £2 million was used by the Belfast-based Translink company to upgrade part of the Coleraine to Londonderry line, which features stunning coastal scenery.
Translink bosses were equally impressed by the rail track supplied by the Scunthorpe Tata Steel works last year – and a further £1m order is in the process of being signed off.
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A Translink spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Translink is in the process of placing a £1 million order for rail from Tata Steel.
"The steel will be used to re-rail sections of track in the central Belfast area and to replenish stock levels.
"It follows a previous £2 million order for rail in 2012, which was used to complete upgrade work along the Larne and Londonderry railway lines."
A Tata Steel spokesman said about the latest £1m deal: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred supplier for this project."
In a further boost for the Scunthorpe works, Tata Steel chiefs in Mumbai in India have raised hopes of importing cheaper iron ore from Canada into the UK.
The company had stepped up its interest in the Labrador Trough, a 1,100 kilometre-long, 160 kilometre-wide iron ore bed.
The trough in the Labrador-Quebec region has delivered more than two billion tonnes of ore in the last 50 years and has attracted mining investments of $15 billion from leading global companies.
The construction of a processing plant capable of rolling out six million tonnes of iron ore per annum is now in full swing.