The three groups invited to bid are:

  • BMJV [comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics and J Murphy & Sons)]
  • HDJV [consisting of Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH and Dragados)]
  • MORE JV [comprising FCC Construcción (42.5%), Salini Impregilo (42.5%) and BeMo Tunnelling UK/Austria (15%)]

So British involvement is minimal. Why would that be? Do we lack the expertise and competitive edge despite being in the country already?

Or could it be that major local firms are more aware of the geological difficulties and the possibility the plug would be pulled mid-project; the vast archaeological jeopardy; and the possibility that any firm involved will end up reviled by the British and the public worldwide?


Explain this!