TENDERS for the £400 million Birmingham Northern Relief Road have been issued to contractors despite only one bidder being formally lined up to price the job.
A spokesman for the toll road's operator Midland Expressway said documents went out last Thursday.
All-British CAMBBA Construction group, which comprises Carillion, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and Amec is the only confirmed bidder.
However, Costain-Skanska, Bouygues and Mowlem are believed to be talking about forming a consortium as are Hochtief and Nuttall. Italian group Impregilo was in talks with the latter firms but is now understood to be cooling on the project.
A preferred bidder is expected to be named on July 28 with main construction work on the six-lane motorway set to start next March.