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Two bidders have pulled out of the race to build a bridge that would be in the tallest in England.
Ferrovial and Balfour Beatty say they're no longer competing to build the new £133 million "Wear Bridge" in Sunderland.
Construction was due to start this year connecting the A1231 Wessington Way to Pallion.
However, some are questioning whether the project is too risky to take on if costs escalate.
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Sunderland City Council have released the following statement in response to news that two bidders have pulled out of the race to build the Wear bridge in Sunderland.
The statement is as follows:
Before entering the procurement process, the council has said:
Two firms have pulled out of the bidding for a multi-million pound bridge in Sunderland.
Ferrovial and Balfour Beatty say they're no longer competing to build the new Wear bridge.
The bridge would connect the A1231 Wessington Way with European Way in Pallion.
Project managers say the bridge will help reduce traffic and congestion, which could in turn generate investment and jobs.
Firms Graham and Vinci are still in the running. Construction is due to start this summer