Wear bridge plans in question

Two bidders have pulled out of the race to build a bridge that would be in the tallest in England. Work on the new Wear bridge in Sunderland was due to start this year.

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Full Report: Wear bridge plans in question

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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Statement from Sunderland City Council

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:

As we're in the procurement process, engaging with prospective contractors, we cannot discuss the project in detail.

Once a contractor is appointed later this year we'll be delighted to comment.

– Statement from Sunderland City Council

Before entering the procurement process, the council has said:

The New Wear Crossing as with any major project has been rigorously designed, costed, admired and backed within the industry and profession, including the Institution for Civil Engineers which presented the project with a CEEQUAL award.

– Sunderland City Council

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New Wear crossing - firms pull out of bidding for multi million pound bridge

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

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