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Mersey Gateway bidding enters final stage

Bidding on the £600M Mersey Gateway project reached its final stage yesterday with the three shortlisted teams submitting detailed designs.

The bidders (see box) are competing for a 30-year contract to design, build, finance and operate a new toll bridge over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes, together with associated work in the towns.

Mersey Gateway Bidders

Balfour Beatty, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Egis Projects consortium, comprising equity members Balfour Beatty, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Egis Projects

Merseylink consortium, comprising equity members Macquarie Capital Group, Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras and FCC Construcción

MGL consortium, comprising equity members Galliford Try Investments, Hochtief PPP Solutions and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras

The centrepiece of the project is the six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.

The value of the construction phase is estimated at £600M. The total project costs/revenues over the next 30 years are estimated at around £2bn.

Client Halton Borough Council intends to announce a preferred bidder in spring 2013 and sign the contract by the end of the year. Construction will start in late 2013 and will take around three years.

“I am delighted with the progress we have made on the procurement programme,” said Halton Borough Council leader Rob Polhill. “This is complicated and intensive work that cannot be hurried so it is important that we take the time to get this process exactly right and make the best decision for Halton.”

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