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17Feb94 PORTUGAL: TAGUS BRIDGE PROTEST GROUP.

A consortium including UK companies Amec and Laing has protested against a decision not to include the group in the final run-in for the 130 billion escudo (£600 million) second Tagus bridge near Lisbon, Portugal.The consortium, led by French firm GTM Entrepose, has lodged its appeal with Portugal's Public Works Minister.The final decision rests with the minister rather than with the client, Gabinete de Trevessia da Tejo em Lisboa (Gattel).But a Gattel source said there was 'no hope' that the protest would be upheld.Hopes are high that British interests can still play a major role in the project, nevertheless, because a consortium headed up by Trafalgar House is still in the running.According to Gattel, the contract will be let towards the end of next month, with work starting in 1995, and completion due three years later. CONSTRUCTION NEWS