THE Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr) has awarded two further contracts for civil works on the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) in Manila.

Contract package S03A covers civils works for a 7.9km section of the new railway running at grade and on viaduct, including the surface stations at EDSA and Senate and the elevated station at Buendia.

S03A has been awarded to the joint venture of First Balfour and Leighton Contractors (Asia) of Hong Kong for Pesos 22.14bn ($US 383m). Work must be completed within four and a half years.

The joint venture of Indonesian state-owned companies PT Adhi Karya and PT PP has been awarded contract package S03C, covering a 5.8km section running at grade and on viaduct and including the stations at Bicutan and Sucat.

The contract is worth Pesos 18.25bn and work must be completed within five and a half years.

The 147.26km NSCR runs from Clark via the centre of Manila to Calamba City. DOTr hopes to complete the project by 2028 at a cost of Pesos 873.62bn.

In order to allow construction to proceed, the Alabang - Calamba section of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) network was closed on July 2.

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