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Scunthorpe steelworks boosted by new rail contract

British Steel has won a new contract to supply rails to a Finnish company, on the 10th anniversary of rail production at its Scunthorpe site.

The company said the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) had decided to use rails made by British Steel for the sixth consecutive year.

This is an important contract for us in a very competitive market place.The full contract will be split 50/50 between British Steel and another supplier, with our half of the contract seeing 5,500 tonnes of steel being delivered by April 2017. This will be produced at our Scunthorpe Rail and Section Mill, which is now 10 years old. The first deliveries will be made to the FTA over the coming weeks and the fact they have chosen us again is testament to the high standards we set.

– Peter Smith, British Steel's managing director of rail

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Steelworkers march in their thousands to save jobs

Steelworkers from across our region have joined thousands from across Europe to march on the streets of Brussels in the hope of saving their jobs.

Workers from Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Scunthorpe marched alongside those from Germany, Italy, France and other countries. They were calling on the EU to do more to stop China dumping cheap steel on the European market.

It's as workers from South Yorkshire face ongoing uncertainty over the sale of their plants - and bosses in Scunthorpe accuse the UK government of not doing enough to help the industry. Michael Billington reports.

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