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Three teams shortlisted for Sheffield's £2bn highway project

Sheffield City Council has announced a shortlist of three for its £2 billion PFI highway maintenance project.

A consortium made up of Carillion, Mouchel, and Scottish and Southern Energy has completed the first stage of the council’s competitive dialogue process.

Amey has also made the shortlist, as has a consortium of Colas and Scott Wilson Group.

The teams will now be invited to submit detailed proposals and will work with the council over the coming months to develop solutions for submission in December.

The council expects to name a single preferred bidder for the 25 year contract in early 2011.

Over the course of the contract improvements and maintenance will be carried out on 2,000 km of road, 65,000 streetlights, more than 350 bridges and other structures as well as 35,000 highway trees city-wide.

In addition the contract covers work on footways, cycleways, and signs. It also includes provision of services such as winter gritting and landscape maintenance.

Sheffield City Council chief executive and project sponsor John Mothersole said: “We are very keen to ensure that the right service provider is chosen to fulfil this financially and technically complex project.

“The service provider will need to guarantee that the service they deliver does not cause unnecessary disruption for all residents and businesses across the City, is on time and within budget. This is something that the Council will evaluate very carefully.”

Sheffield City Council was selected along with Isle of Wight Council and the London Borough of Hounslow as a Highway Maintenance Pathfinder by the Department for Transport in March 2008.

The Government agreed to fund the full amount requested by the Council to carry out the work to improve Sheffield’s highways.