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Bidders confirm prices for LU upgrade

BIDDERS FOR the £12bn upgrade of London's underground system were due to confirm their final bids today to London Underground (LUL), in the run-up to the expected naming of preferred bidders next Tuesday. In letters to LUL, bidders confirmed their final prices, procurement methods and dates for completion of contract negotiations for the three public private partnership contracts.

Bidders have been asked to indicate how long they expect to take to complete negotiations.

This is expected to be key to LUL's eventual choice of contractor as it is keen for work on the ailing system to start as soon as possible.

Consortia Linc (Bombardier, Mowlem, Fluor Daniel, Alcatel and Anglian Water) and Metronet (Adtranz, WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Seeboard and Thames Water) have been shortlisted for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines contract.

Tubelines (Bechtel, Amey, Halcrow, Hyder and Jarvis) and Tuberail (Brown & Root, Alstom, Amec and Carillion) are competing for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines contract.

Tubelines and Linc are also vying for the subsurface lines contract, which includes upgrades of the Metropolitan and Circle lines.

The announcement is going ahead despite resistance from London mayor Ken Livingstone, who has been granted a date for a judicial review of the roles of the government and the Greater London Authority (NCE 8 March). The review hearing is scheduled for June 12.

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