Airelink includes AWG Project Investments, and Leeds Tram Link includes Amey and Bechtel.
Mowlem and Atkins are in the Leeds Tramway team, with Bouygues and Jarvis in Momentis. The shortlist will be reduced to two by the end of this year and the contract is to be awarded by next summer.
The successful team will design, build, maintain, operate and part-finance a 28 km tram network covering the city and its suburbs.
Turner & Townsend has been appointed project manager and cost manager on the project, which should be completed by 2006.