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Surviving MerseyTram player set to enter bid

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A BID from the last remaining consortium in the running for the £600M MerseyTram scheme in Liverpool was expected to go in on Tuesday - nearly three weeks after the original deadline.

Surviving bidder MET, which comprises Keolis, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Balfour Beatty, was expected to submit its bid after the council formally reversed a demand to reroute the second phase of the project.

Controversy has clouded the project since Liverpool City Council ordered a route change days before the original 30 September bid deadline.

Last week the council reversed the demand, but this was too late to stop the other shortlisted consortium from pulling out (News last week) MET won a further extension until Tuesday and as NCE went to press, project director Mike Flynn confirmed the group's intention to bid.

'The latest hold-up was that we were waiting for Liverpool City Council to formally back the tram along the previous route, which they had moved away from, ' he said.

'You can't invest millions of pounds based on a wink from the council or from press briefings.'

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