Alstom-led consortium wins rail system contract in the Philippines

NSCR ExtensionMitsubishi Corporation awarded the consortium of Alstom (leader) and Colas an integrated railway system contract for the Philippines’ North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCR Extension) project.

Under its contract share of EUR 1.1 billion, Alstom will be responsible for the system integration, signalling and telecommunication, power supply, automated fare collection system, platform doors, maintenance systems and depot equipment, as well as control centre and training. It will in particular deploy the ERTMS Level 2 signalling system for the first time in Southeast Asia, using its Atlas 200 European Train Control System (ETCS) solution.

“We are excited to be partnering with the Philippines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Colas Rail to pioneer the implementation of Southeast Asia’s first ETCS level 2 system for the NSCR Extension,” Ling Fang, President of Asia Pacific at Alstom said.

Colas Rail will be responsible for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the tracks and overhead contact systems.

“Colas Rail is proud to be part of this new project in the Philippines. It will provide the local population with fast, convenient public transport between the suburbs and the inner-city metro in Manila.” Hervé Le Joliff, President of Colas Rail said.

The North-South Commuter Railway Extension will transform mobility between Metropolitan Manila and the suburban areas in Luzon, making it faster, more reliable and more sustainable.

Financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the extension involves 27 new stations spanning 110 km, comprising a 55-km southern section from Tutuban to Calamba, the Province of Laguna, as well as a 51- km northern section from Malolos to Clark International Airport, the Province of Pampanga. The Calamba station will also be connected to the PNR South Long Haul line, which is scheduled to be extended to the southern tip of Luzon Island, thus providing a stronger connection between Manila’s suburbs and the metro network.

Upon completion by 2029, the NSCR Extension will greatly improve the connectivity of the neighbouring communities, facilitating residents to travel safely between Metro Manila and the suburban areas by railway direct. The project will also see Alstom contributing deeply to the local economy by sharing its technology know-how and skills in the design, manufacturing, installation, testing, commissioning and integration of various railway systems.

The project is part of the Manila Transport Master Plan and is one of the several major “Build, Better, More” infrastructure under way in the Philippines to boldly extend the reach of its railway network



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