The bidders are understood to include the UK’s Mouchel Parkman, Japan’s Pacific Controls International (PCI), and the US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The scope of works on the 18-month contract covers the update of the existing model, drawn up by the UK’s Atkins in the 1980s. It includes road, shipping

and rail, traffic studies, new software analysis and traffic forecasting.

The client, Kuwait Municipality, is expected to make a contract award by September.