The site of the railway line that will connect the city of Malolos to Clark International Airport, some 80 km from Manila, was recently inspected by officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) together with ACCIONA, the Spanish global leader in sustainable infrastructure; the local government of Pampanga, the Japanese Embassy, the Asian Development Bank, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
In 2020, ACCIONA was awarded two sections of the Malolos-Clark railway line worth Php 61.4 billion by the DOTr. The first, financed with Php 22.8 billion from the Asian Development Bank, involves constructing a 6.5 km section of raised viaduct, an underground access section to Clark Airport using cut-and-cover procedure (used for surface tunnels), and a station at Clark Airport International Terminal, in addition to substations and auxiliary installations. The construction period is estimated to be three years.
Travel time reduced from three hours to one hour
This new railway line, one of the key infrastructures for mobility in the Metro Manila area and a priority project for the DOTr, will reduce the journey time between Manila and Clark International Airport to one hour. At present, the journey can only be undertaken by bus and takes at least three hours. The greenhouse gas emissions caused by these journeys will be reduced by more than 60,000 tonnes per year.
The project to construct the second section awarded to ACCIONA consists of 16 km of the raised viaduct, which includes the New San Fernando Station, has received financial support from the Asian Development Bank. The works are scheduled for completion in 2025.
ACCIONA has extensive experience with these types of projects. It is currently constructing the Follo Line tunnels in Oslo (Norway) for the Norwegian Railway Authority and designing and extending the Red Line of the Dubai Metro for Expo 2020. In Latin America, it has constructed Line 3 of the Santiago de Chile Metro and Line 1 of the Quito Metro in Ecuador. In Spain, ACCIONA has also built various metro lines in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.
ACCIONA is a leading global company for the provision of regenerative solutions for a carbon-free economy. Its range of businesses spans renewable energy, water treatment and management, eco-efficient transport and mobility systems, and resilient infrastructures. The company has been carbon neutral since 2016. ACCIONA recorded sales of €6.472 billion in 2020 and has a presence in more than 60 countries.
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