A SUBSIDIARY of steel producer Arcelor Mittal has become the eighth company to be granted a licence by the Spanish Ministry of Development to operate freight trains on the national network.

Arcelor Mittal Siderail is the first private company to be issued with a licence covering the operation of between 1 and 10 million train-km a year.

Alongside RENFE and EuskoTren, freight operating licences are also held by Comsa Rail Transport, Continental Rail, Acciona Rail Services, Activa Rail and Tracción Rail from the private sector. An application from FCC is still being considered by the ministry.