Contributing to the expansion of Warsaw underground, ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products supplied more than 20,000 tonnes of rebars which have been used in the construction of seven new underground stations.

Helping Warsaw grow

The second line of the Warsaw underground will be inaugurated in the coming weeks. This development of Warsaw’s metro will provide a welcome transportation alternative to Warsaw’s citizens.

20,000 of rebars from ArcelorMittal Warszawa

Stal Service (cut and bending company which supplies steel structures for construction projects) has been collaborating with ArcelorMittal Warszawa since 2008. The relationship between our companies, as well as the good customer service and reliability offered by ArcelorMittal Warszawa, was the determining factor why we were chosen for this project.

ArcelorMittal Warszawa supplied more than 20,000 rebars (reinforcing bars) from 20 mm to 32 mm diameter, grade B500SP EPSTAL for the construction of the new stations.

The construction of the central section of the second Warsaw metro line began in September 2010. It is 6.1km long, including 600 meters of tunnel under the Vistula River and a 500-metre tunnel connecting the first and second metro line. It has seven stations, located 13 to 23 metres underground.

“This is another important project in Warsaw using our steel. Our rebars are already present in the Legia soccer stadium and in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews - now they have been used in the construction of the second metro line stations, offering modern transportation solutions that are much needed in a city with so many traffic jams as Warsaw,” highlights Marek Kempa, CEO of ArcelorMittal Warszawa.

A unique design

Each station has a specific colour. Andrzej Choldzynski, author of the architectural concept for the second line of the Warsaw underground, collaborated with Wojciech Fangor, world-renowned painter and exponent of Op-art (Optical art).

This cooperation gave birth to M-shaped roofs in different colours over the entrance to the tube stations and large colourful inscriptions in all seven stations with their names written in characteristic typeface letters by Wojciech Fangor, turning the seven stations into the city’s largest underground Op-art gallery.

More to come

The construction of the second line of the Warsaw underground network is co-financed by the European Union Cohesion Fund under the infrastructure and environment programme. Ultimately, the second line will have a length of 31km and include 28 stations, as six more stations in both directions will be completed by 2018. The full second line will be finalised by 2020.

Image credit: Metro Warszawskie (Warsaw Underground)

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