THREE firms have been short-listed by Railtrack for a £20 million deal to remodel a railway junction.
Tarmac, Mowlem and Birse returned bids earlier this month for the Proof House Junction project at Birmingham. The winning contractor will work with either Alstom, or Adtranz or Westinghouse on the signalling element.
Balfour Beatty and Costain were sounded out about the job at a Railtrack contractors meeting last November, but decided against pitching for the work. A decision is expected this year but one project insider said he was expecting a lengthy wait.
The job involves realigning track and signalling equipment.
The work, which is part of the £2.2 billion upgrade of the West Coast Main Line, is expected to start on site next year.
Amec Spie, Adtranz and Balfour Beatty/GTRM are waiting to hear who has won the £300 million overhead line equipment contract for the West Coast Main Line. The three were due to be told two weeks ago, but Railtrack has delayed the decision.