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NEWPORT: Six survive cut for £73m PFI scheme


THE EIGHT-TEAM scramble to win Wales' first privately-funded local authority roads scheme has seen the first prequalif iers eliminated from the running.

Proposals from MHM Link, led by Morrison, and Road Link Cymru (Impregilo/Davies Middleton Davies) have been ruled out of the running for the £73 million Newport Southern Distributor Road scheme in Gwent.

The six remaining prequalif iers are: Connect (Balfour Beatty/W S Atkins/Philipp Holzmann); Integrated Transport Services (Amec/ Brown & Root); Newport SDR Road Group (Alfred McAlpine/ Dragados); National Road Opera-tors (Costain/ Skanska); Miller/ GTM; and UK Highways (Laing Hyder/Carillion).

All will be interviewed by the client, Newport County Borough Council, next Monday and Tuesday, before the list is cut again, leaving three or four teams to work up bids for the scheme.

The dual carriageway scheme will link Duffryn, to the west of Newport, to the Coldra roundabout and includes provision of a bridge over the River Usk.

The winner of the 30-year concession is due to sign the deal by the middle of next year. Work is expected to start next autumn with completion in three years.