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North-South Commuter Rail (Phases 1 and 2)

Project Overview

Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Phase One of the NSCR is a 38 km long commuter railway line that connects Malolos in the Province of Bulacan to Tutuban in Manila. The NSCR is part of an overall initiative by the Philippine government to expand the existing mass transportation in metropolitan Manila and adjacent areas and alleviate serious traffic congestion in and around the capital city. It is expected to benefit 200,000 commuters.

Phase One of the NSCR comprises:

  • Over 30 km of viaduct/ bridges
  • A seven km long elevated embankment
  • Seven river railway bridges and one highway crossing
  • A depot, workshop and operations control centre
  • 10 rail stations with the provision for five additional stations in the future.

Phase Two of the NSCR involves two major sections; namely, the Malolos to Clark Railway and the South Line from Solis to Calamba.

The Malolos-Clark section is 52km long, running northwest from Manila’s northern suburb of Malolos to the Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport in Central Luzon. The south aspect of the North South Railway Project provides 56 km of suburban commuter rail running from Solis to Calamba. This stage is also expected to ease road congestion, cut transport costs, spur economic activity and encourage a population shift from the capital to regional growth centres further north.

“SMEC was a dedicated sub-consultant of Oriental Consultants in the successful delivery of the North South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project Phase 1 (Tutuban – Malolos) and we are pleased to work with them once more for the NSCR Phase 2 project (Malolos – Clark Railway and North South Railway Project - South Line). SMEC continues to be helpful in delivering the project requirements and its people carry out their engineering services in a professional and friendly manner.” - Ichiro Miyakoshi, Project Director, NSCR, Philippines

Our Role

SMEC, in association with Oriental Consultants Global, has been engaged to manage and supervise the construction of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) in the Philippines. Following the successful completion and approval of the civil works design in early 2017, SMEC was contracted for the next phase of the project, undertaking construction supervision, design review, tender assistance and facilitation of the Environment Management Plan, Environment Monitoring Plan and Resettlement Action Plan.

Phase Two of the project saw SMEC appointed to provide detailed design for the Malolos – Clark Railway Line and the South Line, running from Solis to Calamba.

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