Russian steelmaker Evraz has signed a five-year rail delivery contract with the Moscow Metro. The five-year contract, which is effective this month, contains a pricing formula and determines the volume of deliveries and means that Evraz will supply 60kt of rails, covering the metro’s needs and remaining its key supplier.

According to EVRAZ the company will produce contact rails, track switches and increased durability head-hardened rails, some of which will be 100 metres in length.

Aleksey Ivanov, vice president and head of steel division at Evraz, said: "The country’s capital key transportation artery is actively developing, continuously improving on the passenger service. Realising the intensity of traffic and the paramount safety requirements, we are offering the innovative rails that can ensure both comfort for the passengers and a lower maintenance volume for our partners."

“The Moscow transportation system development strategy envisages migrating to the cutting-edge technologies. I am positive that our long-term partnership will help achieve economies and improve the passengers’ comfort,” says Dmitry Pegov, Head of the Moscow Metro, said that the Moscow transportation system's development strategy envisages migrating to 'cutting-edge technologies'. "I am positive that our long-term partnership will help achieve economies and improve the passengers’ comfort,” he said.

Evraz claims to be a key supplier of rails for the Russian metros. The company has provided rails for the metros of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Novgorod since they were launched. This year the company extended the range of its rail deliveries, supplying rails for the Tashkent metro. For underground transportation networks, Evraz produces head-hardened rails, contact rails and rails for track switches.