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Two consortia vie for Forth bridge contract

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September 30 2009

Two consortia vie for Forth bridge contract
An expected bidding war to build a new Forth bridge mustered only a whimper as a mere two bidders were prepared to shoulder potential unexpected cost increased on the £2.3bn fixed price bridge amidst doubts over the governments ability to pay.

Morrison Construction and Balfour Beatty have formed rival consortia from sixteen firms and consultants from the 39 initial expressions of interest lodged.

Concern has been raised that a paucity of bidders will decrease the likelihood of the cost representing value for money to the public purse and leaves open the possibility of one team pulling out, leaving a one horse race.

Tolls which had been in process of paying off the cost of constructing the original 1960’s crossing were scrapped by the SNP government in one of their first acts when coming to power, their return has been ruled out for the new crossing.

Transport Scotland will invite both firms to tender by early December.

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