The contract will be funded through an ODA loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), backed by the governments of Japan and the Philippines.

The 106m-long bi-directional LRVs will have 16 doors on each side and seats for 276 passengers. The 70km/h vehicles will be delivered between 2020 and 2022.

Line LRT1 is currently being extended 11.7km south from Baclaran via Manila International Airport to Niog in Cavite province. The extension is due to open in 2021.

In February 2016, concessionaire Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) awarded Alstom and Bouygues Travaux Publics a €450m contract to modernise the existing 20.7km north-south line from Roosevelt to Baclaran and equip the extension, which will increase the daily capacity of Line LRT1 from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers.

For detailed data on urban rail projects around the globe, subscribe to IRJ Pro.