Nîmes-Montpellier HSR to sign in 2012

Final offers have been received from two bidders on the €1.6bn Nîmes-Montpellier high-speed rail scheme.

Vinci and Bouygues have now completed the last stage of procurement before the contract is awarded at the start of 2012, according to French transport agency Reseau Ferre de France (RFF).

Both firms participated in a competitive dialogue process along with Eiffage, following initial bids in May 2010.

The two offers will be evaluated by RFF and the successful candidate will be given the construction and maintenance of the new line during the term of the contract, in exchange for public funding and rent payments from RFF.

The 80km route includes both the completion of a section of 60km of high-speed line between Manduel (east of Nîmes) and Lattes (west of Montpellier), a 10km link on the right bank of the Rhone and 10km of connections to Jonquières, Lattes and Manduel and two new stations.