The announcement follows the award of a design-procurement-construction contract for the project by the Philippine Department of Transportation (DoT) to the China Harbour Engineering Company on December 29. The contract also includes the provision of locomotives. Construction will be carried out over 42 months. 

A further extension to New Clark City’s special economic zone is also planned. 

The line will connect Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Clark International Airport, running parallel to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, and will interchange with the 148km North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR).  

The line is intended to strengthen intermodal transport links, reduce logistic costs for freight, and stimulate economic growth in the region. The line is a flagship project of president Mr Rodriguo Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure programme. 

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