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Guided bus scheme down to four firms


THE RACE for a radical £86 million transport project in Cambridgeshire is down to four bidders.

Balfour Beatty, Birse, Kier and Nuttall will submit first-stage tenders towards the end of July for the Cambridge guided busway scheme. Carillion and May Gurney have dropped out.

Buses will travel on a guideway along the disused railway line from nearby St Ives to Cambridge.They will continue on normal roads and rejoin the guideway at the city's railway station, continuing to Addenbrooke's Hospital and a local park-and-ride pick-up. Up to three bidders will go on to the second phase in September with a winner due in October.The Department of Transport has pledged £65 million.