Hitachi Rail to Deliver Digital Commuter Railway in the Philippines

The Philippine Government’s Department of Transportation has awarded a major contract to Hitachi Rail to deliver an Electrical & Mechanical Systems and Track Works package for the new commuter railway from Solis to Malolos.

This contract is valued at 114 billion JPY (814 million USD) and will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The work will cover around 35.4 kilometres and nine stations on the North South Commuter Railway — a 147-kilometre commuter line from Calamba to Clark.

Hitachi Philippines
The project will reduce rail carbon emissions and encourage the use of environmentally friendly public transport over higher polluting cars

As part of this contract, Hitachi Rail will introduce its European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling on the North South Commuter Railway. This signalling technology will monitor vehicle movements and speed limits and help reduce the energy footprint of the railway by optimising efficiency.

ETCS Level 2 signalling will also boost safety on the line by enabling automatic activation of functions such as emergency braking.

Takuya Yamakawa, Deputy Head of Japan Business, Head of Asia and Japan Initiatives (Sales and Projects), Railway Systems Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd, said:

“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. By delivering this project, Hitachi Rail will reduce a major commuter railway’s energy footprint, supporting greener travel.

“With ownership of cars and congestion in Manila projected to continue to increase rapidly, it is vital we support commuters to use more sustainable rail transport. Our state-of-the-art railway systems will do just that - encouraging rail travel by boosting safety, bringing huge benefits to passengers and driving down emissions in the Philippines.”

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