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Six firms in running for £35m A19 junctions deal

CONTRACTS

A HIGHWAYS Agency plan to upgrade roads in the north-east is making progress as contractors pick up tenders for the second part of the deal.

Originally tendered as a £70 million project comprising the A66 Long Newton separated junction and the A64 Rillington bypass near Darlington, the new package, known as package B, consists only of the £35 million Testos to Seaton Burn grade separated junctions along the A19.

Birse, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Carillion and Amec have been joined by Nuttall ? the only company not going for the package A deal. The six were invited to attend a Highways Agency tender meeting last week to assess the Early Contractor Involvement scheme.

Improvements will include adding grade separated junctions designed to ease traffic on the A19 to the north of Newcastle upon Tyne and improve traffic f low onto the A1.

The contract is expected to be awarded early next year.

Tenders for the £20 million package A scheme on the A66 in County Durham and North Yorkshire were returned in September but the deadline for the award has been extended until early December.