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Bidding opens for £510M Mersey Gateway project

Firms are being invited to pre-qualify for the £510M Mersey Gateway project to design, build and operate the new toll bridge across the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes and refurbish the existing Silver Jubilee crossing.

The winning bidder will construct the six lane, 2.4km long bridge by 2016 along with approach roads north and south of the river and other ancillary works. The firm will also be expected to run the new bridge — along with the existing Silver Jubilee crossing — for 30 years.

Client Halton Borough Council is running a competitive dialogue with bidders allowing different technical, financial and legal solutions to be tabled, due to the complexity of the project.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 14 December, with invitations to tender set to be issued to selected bidders on 1 February. Under the existing programme, a preferred bidder will be named in May 2013, with a contract signed in October that year. The project was approved by previous transport secretary Phillip Hammond at this year’s Conservative party conference.

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