Alstom and Bouygues Travaux Publics signed a contract with the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) to upgrade and extend the LRT-1 of Manila metro. The contract is worth around EUR 450 million, including approximately EUR 160 million for Alstom. The extended line is scheduled to enter into commercial service in 2020.
Alstom will provide an integrated metro solution which includes signalling and communication system, traction power supply and track work on the 12 km extended line including one new depot and the extension of the existing depot. Alstom will also equip Atlas 100 on-board signalling solution for 60 trains and revamp signalling system for existing 20km line.
With 16 million inhabitants in Manila and only three metro lines, it was necessary to alleviate congestion and reduce travel times for commuters. In 20 years, the LRT-1 line – which is serving 20 stations along its 20 km route – has experienced an increase of its daily ridership from over 400,000 to 500,000 today. The local transport authorities have thus decided to extend the current LRT line 1 and add 12 kilometres and 8 stations. Once the extension completed, the LRT-line 1 will carry about 800,000 passengers per day.