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PNR’s Bicol Express
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:04:50 AM »
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P175-B development aid from China to revive PNR’s Bicol Express | Inquirer.net - 21 October 2017
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By: Juan Escandor Jr.

NAGA CITY — Using the P175-billion overseas development aid to be borrowed from China, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will revive the operation of the Philippine National Railway’s Bicol Express with reconstruction of a new railway system from Manila to Bicol, Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said.

“It is not a rehabilitation,” Chavez said at the Bicol Express Modernization Forum held here on Friday. “It will be a reconstruction. Everything will be new. New railways. New train wagons. New stations. New modalities.”

Chavez said China and the Philippines is set to sign the loan agreement of P175 billion payable in 20 years at 2 percent interest per annum on Nov. 16 and 17 at the time of the 31st Asean Summit and Related Meeting in Manila.

He said the revived Bicol Express would take six hours to reach Bicol from Manila with a design speed of 120 kph and operational speed of 80 kph.

With a timetable from 2018-2022, he said the reconstruction of the new railway system would be undertaken through Chinese general consultancy services while the determination of the firms to undertake the actual construction was still under negotiations.

He said there would be nine new train stations from Paco in Manila to Matnog town in Sorsogon, stretching 683 km of newly constructed railways following international standards.

He enumerated the nine train stations to be constructed as Paco, FTI, Los Bańos, Lucena City, Gumaca, Pili/Naga, Legazpi/Camalig, Sorsogon City and Matnog.

Chavez said China wpi;d bring in and transfer technology and operational expertise to Filipino engineers and operators while utilizing Chinese consultants and contractors. Filipino engineers would handle the maintenance and operation, he said.

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Chavez said P45 billion of the project cost would be spent for the resettlement of affected families living within the trunk line while some P9 billion would be spent for land acquisition for the new alignment of the railways.

He said the civil works would cost P102.72 billion; station development and depot, P1.4 billion; electrical and mechanical system, P4.08 billion; rolling stock (trains), P11.60 billion; machinery and equipment, P1.37 billion; and pre-operating expenses, P400 million.

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 09:42:30 PM »
How does such an important service stay offline for so long?

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From: https://www.seat61.com/Philippines.htm

In late 2011, Philippine National Railways resumed daily long-distance passenger trains between Manila and Naga City, previously discontinued some years previously due to typhoon damage.  The Bicol Express train is a comfortable and safe way to travel between Manila and Naga, overnight with comfortable air-conditioned sleepers bought second-hand from Japanese Railways.  From 16 March 2012, the Mayon Limited (now Isarog Limited) trains were added, and train service extended beyond Naga to Ligao, not far short of Legazpi.  It's hoped to extend trains all the way to Legazpi by mid to late 2012.  PNR also operate metro trains around Manila.

Current situation:  Train service 'temporarily' cancelled...

After hurricane damage, these trains were suspended in late 2012 and are still suspended in 2018.  It's not clear when or if train service will be reinstated in fact it may never run again in its current narrow-gauge form.

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 02:03:47 PM »
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Bicol Express revival hinges on safety issues
Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) - December 29, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the revival of the Bicol Express service would hinge on the findings of the CPCS Transcom Ltd. of Canada if it is safe to revive the operations of the 422-kilometer railway.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the train service from Metro Manila to Legazpi. Albay would not be revived unless the safety of the commuting public is assured.

“I for one, if I would only look at the economic side of the project would have given it a go signal. However, I am mindful of safety so I have given specific instructions not to run the service unless someone could certify that it is safe,” Abaya stressed.

He pointed out that the agency is awaiting the results of the study of the Canadian firm on the train service operated by the state-run Philippine National Railways (PNR) from Calamba in Laguna to Legazpi City.

“I am answerable to our people and anything that happens to the passengers of PNR is something that my conscience would carry. So I have requested the Canadians to likewise look and comment on areas that we should work on and to certify that the Bicol Express is safe,” he added.


Since the revival of its operation in June of 2011, the Bicol Express line service caters to some 2,000 to 3,000 passengers weekly. The highest ridership recorded during peak travel seasons such as Holy Week, All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, and Christmas season.

However, the operation of Bicol Express has been stalled following a derailment incident in Sariaya, Quezon October 2012 that injured nine passengers. The flashfloods caused by typhoons damaged the rail tracks as well as the rail bridge.

Abaya suspended the train service and ordered a full investigation on the derailment of Bicol Express Train 611. The train was carrying 120 passengers when the derailment occurred.

Earlier, lawmakers from Region 5 or the Bicol Region vowed to appropriate P20 billion to fund the long overdue rehabilitation of the Bicol Express train service.

Engr. Joseph Allan Dilay, general manager of PNR, said the company needs at least P18 billion to upgrade the railway, reconstruct the bridges, and rehabilitate the Bicol Express tracks as well as the locomotive and rolling stock.

But the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) only approved a subsidy of P344 million for the agency under the 2014 budget, enough only to fund the maintenance of the existing PNR facilities running in Metro Manila.

Dilay clarified that the P20-billion allocation does not include the proposed P2.6-billion double tracking of the 36.3-kilometer Alabang to Los Baños railway section and the P22.6-billion 135-kilometer Sorsogon railway extension line.

The PNR currently operates the Metro South Commuter (MSC) line that runs daily from Tutuban to Sta. Rosa in Laguna, as well as the Bicol Commuter that caters to passengers between Naga and Sipocot.

The Bicol Express provides commuters an alternative mode of transportation that is very competitive in price and comfort with provincial buses.



Read more at https://www.philstar.com/business/2013/12/29/1272906/bicol-express-revival-hinges-safety-issues#IMH71DvCeoe1uipv.99


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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2018, 05:34:58 PM »
P175-B ‘total transformation’ of PNR Manila-Legazpi to start 2019
By Jorge Hallare  August 18, 2018, 6:16 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1045256

LEGAZPI CITY -- The construction for the “total transformation” of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) service from Manila to Legazpi is scheduled to start next year, a PNR top official has said.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno, in an interview on Thursday in Manila, said the project is not just a rehabilitation nor modernization but transformation with PHP 175.32-billion budget.

"The transformation program is under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte's administration and is expected to finish within span of seven years, nowadays the government is under the process of hiring consultants for the project called ‘South Long haul’," Magno said.

He said many informal settlers will be affected by the project because not one but two PNR tracks would be constructed to allow the two-way route from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa.

The problem of relocating hundreds of informal settlers lies in the hand of the National Housing Authority especially in the Bicol Area.

"All the old railway and travesa will be totally removed and replaced with new one to match with the new PNR coaches. The new PNR coaches will run at the speed of 120 km per hour and the travel time from Legazpi City to Manila will be only six hours." he added.

Under the project, the PNR railway will be secured by fence just like the MRT.

For the intersections and highway crossings, the railway will be elevated like the skyway. (PNA)

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2018, 09:20:49 PM »
Japan, China to help build PH railways
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:40 AM November 09, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT — Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) will concentrate on building a railway from Manila to Legazpi City, the Department of Transportation  said here on Wednesday.

Japan’s official development assistance will fund the construction of the P105-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Phase 1 project from Tutuban at Divisoria in Manila to the City of Malolos in Bulacan province, and the P211-billion PNR Phase 2 project connecting Malolos to Clark, said Timothy John Batan, transportation assistant secretary for railways.

“The projects will be constructed by Japan. It will still go through the process of bidding but only among Japanese contractors,” Batan said.

Sinomach, he said, would instead build the PNR line from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay province.

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