Rail service improvements and disruptions

01.08.06

Corus to build world-class rail welding facility to enhance customer service

Corus has announced that it will build a world class rail welding facility for its rail manufacturing business at its Scunthorpe steelworks. This development is part of an ongoing programme at the site, which was announced in February 2005 to further strengthen and grow the structural sections, rail and rods businesses within Corus.

The new welding facility will be part of the new rail service centre, which is currently under construction and will replace existing welding facilities at Corus’ Workington and Castleton sites. It is anticipated that welding will cease at the Castleton site from 1 December 2006 and the new facility will be operational from March 2007.

Joe Guérin, managing director of Corus rail businesses, said, “After reviewing a number of options we concluded that significant operational and logistics advantages could be gained by having the manufacture and welding of rail on the same site. Our customers will therefore benefit from improvements in manufacture, testing and welding technology with a priority on customer service”

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