The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has Contracted a joint venture (JV) of three Chinese companies for the development of the first package of the Philippine National Railways (PNR Bicol) South Long Haul project.
This USD 2.76 billion (PHP 142 billion) design-build contract was signed with China Railway Group JV, China Railway No 3 Engineering Group and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group (CREC JV).
The scope of the agreement includes design, construction and electro-mechanical works for the first 380 km of the project, extending from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay.
It will pass through two regions, four provinces and 39 cities and municipalities.
A total of 230 bridges, 23 train stations, 10 passenger tunnels and a 70 ha depot will be built in San Pablo, Laguna as part of this project.
Junn Magno, General Manager of PNR said: “We welcome this development with enthusiasm as we will be working with railway experts who are known for their efficiency and speed in building long-distance railways. This, coupled with our serious goal of providing comfort and convenience to our commuters, will make this dream project a reality.”
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With a length of 565 km, PNR Bicol Metro will connect Manila with the southern Luzon provinces of Sorsogon and Batangas.
Upon completion, the journey time between Metro Manila and Bicol will be reduced from the current 12 hours by road to four hours.
Passenger trains can run on the route at speeds of up to 160 km/h and freight trains at speeds of up to 100 km/h.
This project is expected during the construction phase to generate over 5,000 direct job offers annually.
In August 2020, DOTr awarded two construction contracts valued at nearly PHP38 billion (US$728 million) for the Malolos-Clark railroad project.