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Forth Crossing Bill becomes law
The legal powers to build the replacement for the Forth Road Bridge are now in place following royal assent for the necessary legislation.
The Forth Crossing Act officially grants Scottish Ministers the powers to begin construction of the project later this year.
The final invitation to tender for the principal contract was issued before Christmas, marking the end of a year-long competitive dialogue process between Transport Scotland and the two consortia bidding for the contract: Forthspan and Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors.
Final tenders will be submitted at the end of January. The contract is expected to be worth between £0.9 and £1.2bn (excluding VAT and at 2011 prices), and is due to be awarded in April this year.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: "Royal assent for the Forth Crossing Bill marks a historic step forward for this absolutely essential project. The project is on time and within budget and this is a testament to the hard work of all concerned with progressing parallel parliamentary and procurement processes. The Scottish Government has committed to ensuring the Forth Replacement Crossing is completed by 2016 and we are on track to award the main contract for the project by April 2011."