CHRISTIANI & Nielsen is battling against Alfred McAlpine to land the £50 million civils package on the Metro light rail system extension in Tyne & Wear.
The work involves laying 5 km of new track on a disused railway line and ugrading existing track.
In addition, eight stations will be built on the £98 million scheme to extend the Metro 19 km from Pelaw to South Hylton via Sunderland Central station.
Meanwhile, Amec Spie is fighting it out with Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance for a £10 million overhead line equipment package on the extension.
Railtrack is expected to make a decision on both the packages at the beginning of December. Work is due to start early next year and finish by autumn 2001.