Clark railway project phase 1 to service 300,000 passengers
Location: Clark Avenue, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Date Published: February 17, 2020
The Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced that the Philippine National Railway (PNR) Clark Phase 1 is expected to serve more than 300,000 passengers once it is completed.
Fidel Cruz, DoTr assistant secretary for Railways, inspected the project recently and learned that six segments have already been cast at the Calumpit Main Site Yard – a 14-hectare property that serves as the main production site for the precast span for the project’s Contract Package 2.
About 12 to 15 pieces of precast segments will cover the railway from Pier to Pier Viaduct, according to the DoTr. PNR Clark Phase 1 is a 38-kilometer mass railway transportation that will connect Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in nearby Bulacan province. It is part of the North-South Commuter Railway NSCR being implemented by the government under the Build Build Build infrastructure program.
Once operational, the elevated railway will reduce travel time between Manila and Bulacan from one hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes, the agency disclosed.
PNR Clark Phase 2, on the other hand, is a 53-kilometer segment from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark Freeport. This also forms part of the NSCR. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
PNR Clark Phase 2, once completed, will reduce travel time between Malolos, Bulacan, and Clark International Airport to half-hour.
DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier assured that the railway system project will be realized.
“We will realize it with the partnership of Japan government. We will achieve it using the Japanese business like all other Japanese companies that are helping us using their technology,” Tugade said.
The agency is aiming to extend the country’s 77 kilometers of existing railways to 1,900 kilometers, Tugade said.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Railways (PNR) recently unveiled two new train sets consisting of four rail cars each set.
The additional trains form part of the 2018 train procurement and PNR’s re-fleeting strategy which aims to boost the country’s railway capacity and frequency of trips.
The 8100 series of diesel multiple unit rail cars are targeted to ply the Tutuban to the Alabang route once deployed for operation and is expected to serve 1,000 passengers per trip.
The new train sets, however, will have to undergo first a 150-hour validation and static test before being deployed for commercial operations.
Last December, the PNR also received two brand new train sets which are part of the 37 rail cars and three locomotives ordered from PT Inka of Indonesia. One train set from Japan consisting of three coaches which can accommodate 81 passengers was also included in the mainline last December.
Aside from expanding and modernizing its fleet, the PNR last year also extended its rail services farther to the south with the addition of new stations.
The PNR line starting from Tutuban, Manila has added five new flag stop stations past the Calamba station. The new stations are Pansol, Masili, Los Baños, College, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).