Mind the gap – ArcelorMittal supplies rails for the London Underground

The London Underground, nicknamed "the Tube," is a great way to travel and discover London and its hot spots. Londoners and London lovers, you will soon be able to explore parts of the city on ArcelorMittal rails as ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products Rails & Special sections has secured the contract to supply rails for the Northern Line Extension (NLE).

A great addition for the area and for commuters

The Northern Line Extension (NLE), part of TFL/LUL*, will bring great benefits to the areas of Vauxhall, Nine Elms, and Battersea. Transit time from Nine Elms or Battersea to the West End or the City could be, in some cases, less than 15 minutes and up to 25 000 jobs and 20 000 new homes could be created.

Ferrovial - Laing O`Rourke (FLO) JV are the principal contractor completing the 3.2-km extension that also involves the construction of two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea. These will be completed in 2020.

Rails from our state-of-the-art mill in Gijón

As part of the tender award, ArcelorMittal is supplying rails manufactured at our state-of-the-art rolling mill in Gijón, in Northern Spain. All will be delivered on a just-in-time basis to construction sites across London on specialist rear steer vehicles as access/egress is limited.

The mill has recently benefited from a 30 million Euro investment with new rolling mills and a mill extension allowing rails to be rolled at 108m.

ArcelorMittal manufactures rails and special sections from mills in Spain, Poland, Luxembourg, and the United States, and is the world's leading steel and mining company. ArcelorMittal is proud to work with FLO JV towards the completion of the track installation in 2019.

*Transport for London/London Underground Limited

Text: ArcelorMittal Europe
Photos: Shutterstock, Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke (FLO)