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TYNE AND WEAR: Metro bidding race enters final stages

Contracts

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.