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20Jan94 HUNGARY: GTM INTERNATIONAL TAKES £75M HUNGARIAN BRIDGE DEAL.

GTM International, the French contractor, has become the latest foreign firm to win a road concession in Hungary with a 10 billion forint (£75 million) deal to build and operate the 900 m long Szekszard bridge, 160 km south of Budapest.The bridge is a key part of a Hungarian plan to build a comprehensive network of private tolled motorways.Work, due to start in the next few months, will be done in joint venture with two Hungarian builders, Hidepito and Betonutepito.The group's financial adviser is the Bank of America. The job includes a 20 km highway linking the M6 and highway 51 and a further 5 km connecting highways 51 and 64.Meanwhile, Hungary's transport ministry plans to start work early next year on a £115 million road improvement scheme on Highway 2 between Budapest and Vac near the Slovak border. Construction of the 35 km highway is being part-financed by the European Investment Bank.Details of both projects coincide with publication of a report outlining the opportunities for UK firms in the Hungarian construction market.The survey, by Denmark's European Construction Research, says there are burgeoning opportunities for UK producers of doors, windows, roofing materials, and heating and ventilating equipment.ECR predicts Hungary's construction industry will grow by 3 per cent a year during the next three years. CONSTRUCTION NEWS