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Amey and Laing Roads/Vinci to battle it out for £2.2bn Birmingham roads PFI

Birmingham City Council has begun the final stage of selecting firms to carry out its £2.2bn highways maintenance Private Finance Initiative project.

Amey and Birmingham Street Services - a joint venture consortium of Laing Roads and French contracting giant Vinci - have both been put through to the Best and Final Offer (BAFO) stage.The firms were the only two remaining bidders for the contract after an Atkins/EDF Energy consortium and a Balfour Beatty/Mouchel Parkman joint venture pulled out last year.The winning firm will take charge of 2,500km of Birmingham’s highway network. The 25 year contract will involve the upgrading and maintenance of Birmingham’s roads, pavements, bridges, footpaths and street lights.It is still very much a two horse race,’ said Birmingham City Council procurement team leader David Searle.’Both bids are due in at the end of October and we hope to award the contract in early 2007.’The winning firm will take charge of the network in September 2007.

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