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February 19, 2015

Tata Steel to provide rail for London’s Crossrail project

India-based Tata Steel has been contracted to deliver 7,000t of highly wear-resistant rail for the Crossrail project in London, UK.

By Samseer M

Tata Steel

India-based Tata Steel has been contracted to deliver 7,000t of highly wear-resistant rail for the Crossrail project in London, UK.

Under this contract, Tata Steel will provide more than 57km of its heat-treated, wear-resistant rail for this £16bn project. The company said it has already started deliveries for the project.

Tata Steel rail sector head Gérard Glas said: "Our premium heat-treated rail is produced using a unique patented process, which ensures it has exceptional wear-resistance.

"Rather than using traditional methods of heating and cooling, Tata Steel has developed a system where the rail moves through an induction furnace, which uses an electromagnetic field to heat the steel to 950°C."

"Our premium heat-treated rail is produced using a unique patented process, which ensures it has exceptional wear-resistance."

Tata will manufacture the steel at its Scunthorpe site in the UK and it will be rolled at the Company’s Hayange mill in northern France.

The tunnelling works of Crossrail project is expected to be completed this year. Following this, works such as fit-out and implementing railway systems within the tunnels and stations will begin on the line.

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Earlier, a joint venture consisting of Alstom, TSO and Costain (ATCjv) has been selected for the tunnel fit-out work in the central area which extends east under London from the Royal Oak tunnel portal at Paddington.

The 118km-long Crossrail route runs from Reading and Heathrow in the west, serving 40 stations along the route.

It will also pass through new twin-bore, 21km-long tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.


Image: Tata Steel will deliver total 7,000t of highly wear-resistant rail for the Crossrail project. Photo: courtesy of Tata.

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