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Two groups invited to bid for Birmingham road scheme

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TWO CONSORTIA were this week invited to bid for the design and construction of Birmingham's privately financed Northern Relief Road.

The two groups, one comprising Bouygues, Mowlem, Costain and Skanska (NCE 6 April) and another including Carillion, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and AMEC, have been invited to submit tenders by 28 July.

The £400M contract, which is expected to be worth around £400M, was put out to tender in March, in the Official Journal of the European Community. The original design and construct deal with a Kvaerner/Italstrade joint venture was cancelled by 'mutual consent' after Kvaerner sold its stake in the project.

BNRR will be the UK's first toll motorway. Deputy prime minister John Prescott gave planning approval for the scheme in 1997 and the project cleared final legal hurdles at the end of 1998.

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