North South Commuter Railway

PHILIPPINES: The Department of Transportation has awarded Hitachi Rail a turnkey contract to supply electrical and mechanical systems including track and ETCS Level 2 for a section of the North South Commuter Railway project.

The ¥114bn contract CP04 announced on November 17 is being funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency.

The scope includes trackwork, signalling, electrification, telecommunications, depot equipment and fare collection systems for a 35·4 km section of line running north from Solis in Manila to Malolos, which will serve nine stations.

‘We are proud to be awarded this contract to bring our digital signalling expertise to the Philippines, following our experiences pioneering the technology and successfully introducing it to countries across Europe and Asia’, said Takuya Yamakawa, Deputy Head of Asia & Japan Initiatives (Sales & Projects) at Hitachi’s Railway Systems business unit. ‘By delivering this project, Hitachi Rail will reduce a major commuter railway’s energy footprint, supporting greener travel.’