SMEC Philippines to design railway projects

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SMEC Philippines Inc. has been tapped to design the Manila Clark Railway Project (MCRP) North Line and the North South Railway Project (NSRP) South Line.

In a statement, the firm said it will assist the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Design Team in the preparation of all necessary documents for the detailed design of the civil, structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical works.

“We’re proud to continue our successful partnership with Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd on another major commuter rail project that will support economic growth and improve everyday life for people in the Philippines,” Ric Yuzon, country manager of SMEC Philippines, was quoted in the statement as saying.

The MCRP North Line will be a 50.5-kilometer commuter rail stretching from Malolos to Clark City and around 70 km up to New Clark City. It will pass through the town of Calumpit in the province of Bulacan, the town of Apalit and cities of San Fernando and Angeles until reaching the Clark International Airport (CIA) Complex, all in the province of Pampanga.

Meanwhile, the NSRP South Line will span around 56.5 km, starting from Caloocan City to Calamba Station, plus an additional 13 km up to the proposed depot site at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna.

Both lines will utilize the existing Philippine National Railway (PNR) right-of-way over their lengths.