Three organisations have been invited to bid for the Borders Railway Contract by Transport Scotland.
The three organisations invited to tender are BAM UK; IMCD, which is a partnership between Sir Robert McAlpine, Iridium Concesiones de Infrastructuras and Carillion; and New Borders Railway, which includes Fluor, Miller Construction and Uberior Infrastructure Investments.
Five organisations which included 12 construction and financial companies, submitted pre-qualification questionnaires in March 2010.
The three organisations invited to tender will consult with Transport Scotland over the next year to discuss proposals for delivering the railway and associated infrastructure. One bidder will then be eliminated, with the award for the contract expect late in 2011. The project is planned to be completed in 2014.
Cabinet secretary for finance & sustainable growth John Swinney said: “This milestone takes us another step closer to providing timetabled passenger train services to communities along the route for the first time in over 40 years. Helping to create further opportunities for Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable growth in South East Scotland and provide a safer, quicker and greener mode of transport are key aims of this Government.”