\r\nBritish Steel has invested \u00a31m upgrading its rail and section mill in Scunthorpe to enable it to supply longer rails. Prior to the upgrade, the company could only supply rails up to 108m long - a standard length for the British market. However, many European railways require 60m or 120m-long rails.\r\n \r\n\u201cDB is by far the biggest purchaser of rail in Europe,\u201d says Mr Peter Smith, British Steel\u2019s managing director, rail. \u201cHaving a stake in the German market is strategically important to us and we hope to build a strong and lasting relationship. The investment allows us to remain at the forefront of rail production and act as a catalyst for further long-length rail exports into Europe.\u201d\r\nThe rails will be transported from Scunthorpe to Germany by train via the Channel Tunnel.